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Gran stole PS21k to fund trip and gifts.

A WOMAN stole more than PS21,000 from her employer John Lewis to pay for a trip to New York and gifts for her grandchildren, a court has heard.

Christine Fudge, 59, from Ashdene Close, Cardiff, stole PS21,800 over two years while she was working at the department store.

Speaking to Fudge at Cardiff Crown Court, Judge Jonathan Furness QC told her: "For a period of somewhere between 18 months and two years you stole money from your employer.

"As a result of that you have lost your clean character and brought shame upon yourself and your family."

He said Fudge has since lost her job and that he doubts whether she will be able to find another one.

The court heard that Fudge stole the money partly to supplement her income but also to fund a trip to New York and to buy gifts for her grandchildren.

The judge added: "It's hardly a good reason to steal money.

"It was committed until you were caught so there were plenty of opportunities for you to change your ways.

"You have shown genuine remorse and you have borrowed money in order to pay back the money that you stole."

Mike Blitz, in mitigation, said that the full amount had been paid back and the court is waiting for a confirmation receipt.

Fudge was given a PS21,800 compensation order in case any discrepancies arise.

She was sentenced to 10 months in prison, which was suspended for 18 months.

She was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

Sentencing Fudge, Judge Furness added: "Because of your age and lack of criminal experience and that it's out of character, you would be vulnerable in a custodial setting."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 9, 2016
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