Supervisor embarked on a fraudulent spending spree after company passed her over for promotion

PUBLISHED: 13:07 29 March 2010 | UPDATED: 09:35 02 June 2010

A SUPERVISOR who felt she had been unfairly passed over for promotion went on a spree of dishonesty stealing more than £15,000 from the store where she worked, a court heard

Louise Hall, 30, of Seagate Road, Long Sutton, thought she was in line to be ma

A SUPERVISOR who felt she had been unfairly passed over for promotion went on a "spree of dishonesty" stealing more than £15,000 from the store where she worked, a court heard

Louise Hall, 30, of Seagate Road, Long Sutton, thought she was in line to be manager at the Downham Market store of McColl's.

Instead was moved to work as a supervisor at the Aylsham store, and felt so frustrated about the situation she started taking cash by making fraudulent electronic payments to her pre-paid MasterCard, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Hall admitted 62 fraudulent transactions between July 21 and August 23 last year: some of the cash was used to buy a £2000 car to get to work.

Recorder Ian Wood imposed a nine month prison sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered her to do 100 hours unpaid work.

"What is clear that out of frustration that once there, you embarked on a spree of gross dishonesty," he said. Her "criminal culpability" was high.

Jude Durr, for Hall, said she thought she was taking over as manager of the Downham Market store and had moved her family from Norfolk to Lincolnshire only to find she was asked to work at Aylsham.

"She was acting as a relief manager but was not being paid for that"

He said she felt frustrated about the situation and had taken the money to pay for household expenses and to buy a new car to get to work.

He said: "There were no grand gestures."

He said that she had repaid some of the cash.


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