The greedy workers who financed their lavish lifestyles by stealing from their employers

For most people, their professional life is a way to support their lifestyle.

As the cost of living continues to skyrocket, many employees are looking for ways to earn extra cash. Some work overtime, others engage in side jobs, and some people seek better paid work.

However, these employees resorted to stealing from their workplace to fund a lifestyle they could not afford. Last week, Judge Richard Gioserano told Laura Howarth: “Honest, hard-working people work hard to try to afford it, and if they can’t afford it that way, they just accept it. They do not resort to flight to fund it.”

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He imprisoned the mother of two children for 10 months.

Blackpool mum stole £100,000 from employer to fund Instagram lifestyle she couldn’t afford



Laura Howarth

A financial assistant stole £100,000 from her employer to fund an Instagram lifestyle she couldn’t afford.

Laura Howarth, 41, splashed a white SUV, expensive hair extensions and VIP concert tickets at her expense Lytham St Annes employer. She copied the lifestyles of other glamorous women, including her boss’ wife, by posting the trappings of her lavish lifestyle on social media.

But behind the scenes, the mother-of-two was a lowly financial assistant, earning just over £900 a month and owing “a few thousand” in payday loans. She flew “every week”, the court heard, only stopping when she went on vacation and maternity leave.

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Mother-of-three stole £1m from her employer to fund ‘lavish’ hot tub and vacation life



Amanda Rees
Amanda Rees

A North West mother has stolen nearly £1million from her employer and used it to fund her lavish lifestyle, as well as her own wedding.

Mum-of-three Amanda Rees, 34, from Olive Mount, St Helens, used money she stole from Highwood Consultants on Astmoor Industrial Estate, Runcorn, to fund holidays and hot tubs, between other luxury items.

She joined the company in 2010 and abused her position, saying she needed it to self-medicate for depression – splurging on cars and hot tubs, police said. Cheshire.

Rees began his spree three years into his start in the business, siphoning money from his bank accounts.

This continued until six years later, in November 2019, when the company realized what was happening, reports the echo.

Part of her scheme was to offer to work from home while on maternity leave so her scam could escape the attention of her colleagues.

After the company reported it, police discovered it had stolen a total of £980,673.

When confronted by investigators during a police interview on Saturday March 14, the mother-of-three admitted to carrying out the thefts for six years.

She pleaded guilty to the charges and on Tuesday November 3 was sentenced by Chester Crown Court to five and a half years in prison.

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Model train shop manager stole £76,000 from employers to feed cocaine habit



Derek Williamson
Derek Williamson

A Skelmersdale model railroad shop manager who stole £76,000 worth of goods from his employers to feed his £200-a-day cocaine addiction has been jailed.

Derek Williamson joined the Hattons company in November 2017 and four months later was promoted to Director of Stock Production. He volunteered to work on Sundays when the warehouse was quiet “to help his co-workers”.

However, he was actually selecting items and packaging them for delivery to two bogus customers, a court heard. A judge was told the addresses were those of his aunt and brother and by the time his dishonesty was exposed he had taken 523 items and arranged for their delivery.

Solicitor Jo Maxwell said they were worth £45,000 to Hattons but had a retail value of £76,149 and their loss had a financial and morale impact on staff, the ECHO Reports.

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Office manager stole £36,000 from struggling Lancaster school for designer shoes and sunglasses



Lancaster Central Secondary School

An office manager who abused her position to steal £36,000 from a struggling Lancaster school has been jailed for 21 months.

Joanne Sowerby, 37, bought Christian Laboutin shoes, Bugari sunglasses and at least one trip abroad with money she stole from Central Lancaster High School.

During this time, staff hours were cut, computer equipment could not be upgraded, and music lessons for disadvantaged students had to be reduced.

Plans to attend a program for the most vulnerable children at risk of exclusion also had to be suspended, a court heard.

Sowerby claimed she was stressed and that the designer shoes “made her feel better” as she wanted to be seen as “someone who could cope”.

But principal Nicola Hall said the school’s financial difficulties were well known to staff, as governors had to make “a series of tough decisions” during the time Sowerby was siphoning off the money.

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Accrington carer who stole £200,000 from vulnerable clients left man with no money for toiletries



Chelsea Whittaker, 31, of Manchester Road, Accrington, has been jailed for fraud, having previously pleaded guilty to stealing money from around 30 people.
Chelsea Whittaker, 31, of Manchester Road, Accrington, has been jailed for fraud, having previously pleaded guilty to stealing money from around 30 people.

An Accrington carer has been jailed after stealing more than £200,000 from vulnerable customers.

Chelsea Whittaker stole money from around 30 people while working as a service manager for care company Lifeways, which runs homes across Lancashire for people with limited mental or physical ability.

One of Whittaker’s duties was to oversee the finances of several residents and cash checks for them as and when they needed money. On several occasions between 2015 and 2018, she withdrew money from their accounts and took some – or all – of it for herself.

She admitted in court that she stole at least £200,000, but ‘not as much as £300,000’.

She was jailed for 27 months in November 2021.

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Mum stole £250,000 to pay for extravagant lifestyle as she battled depression



Angela Boot
Angela Boot

A mother has been jailed after stealing more than a quarter of a million pounds which she spent on holidays, clothes and jewellery.

Angela Boote was a trusted and valued employee of insurance brokers at Liverpool Griffiths and Armor, where she had worked since 1992. However, for several years the 52-year-old’s money was redirected to bank accounts linked to her and to her. family members.

Liverpool Crown Court heard in March how Boote spent the money to fund a ‘lavish lifestyle’ of holidays, expensive clothes and jewellery, ECHO reports.

Eventually, 96 fraudulent payments were uncovered, and Boote was sacked soon after. Recorder David Knifton QC said Boote’s criminality was characterized from the outset by elaborate attempts to cover up his dishonesty, with false paper trails created to hide his tracks.

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UCLan fraudster used company card for 50th birthday and takeaway



An aerial view of UCLan
An aerial view of UCLan

A personal assistant at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) used the faculty credit card to spend £10,600 on her family.

Karen Chamberlain, 48, spent £9,700 on groceries at Sainsbury’s and Tesco and splashed the big bucks on her husband’s 50th birthday celebrations. Between December 2017 and April 2019, Chamberlain was employed as a personal assistant to the heads of health services and sports departments.

She was a trusted member of staff and was given a Barclays credit card to pay for service expenses, Preston Crown Court understood.

But in May 2019, Chamberlain was off work for an extended period and cover was brought in for her role. The new member of staff noticed a large number of transactions on the credit card bill that could not be accounted for, including payments to supermarkets, Amazon, Trainline and takeaways.

Chamberlain was questioned and initially claimed the money had been used to fit out an occupational therapy house. But following an investigation, a disciplinary procedure was put in place and Chamberlain was sacked.

In a police interview, the mother-of-two admitted she used the department’s credit card to cover family expenses after her husband’s income plummeted due to illness. She had taken out payday loans and her financial situation had “spinned out of control”.

Since the fraud was detected, Chamberlain, of Newsham Place, Lancasterwas declared bankrupt and entered into an IVA with the payday loan company, the court heard.

In September 2021, Recorder Jones QC, sentenced her to 14 months suspended for two years.

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