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Cash-strapped employee stole money from bank
11:06am Thursday 11th October 2012 in News
A CASH-strapped 32 year-old Dudley woman who stole over £5,000 from the bank where she worked has been spared a prison sentence.
District Judge Michael Wheeler told Sarah Shaw, of Parsons Street: "You were trusted by your employer and you betrayed that trust because of
your financial problems."
He gave Shaw a 16 week jail term suspended for 12 months and told her the criminality had shattered her reputation and her good name.
Shaw admitted theft and fraud and was told to carry out 200 hours unpaid work in the community as well as ordering her to pay £5,000 compensation to Barclays together with £85 costs.
Roger Bleazard prosecuting said Shaw was responsible for counting up money from the tills at the bank's branch in Stafford Road, Wolverhampton.
But over a six-month period Shaw, an operations specialist who had worked for Barclays for ten years, pocketed a total of £5,153.
"She took the money from February to July this year, taking small amounts of money each time” Mr Bleazard told Wolverhampton Magistrates Court.
He told the court how other people working at the branch had also come under scrutiny adding: "There was an internal investigation and the police
"It was clearly a breach of trust. It is ironic she was in financial difficulties considering her position within the bank."
The court was told Shaw, who is currently unemployed, had resigned from the bank shortly after the money was discovered missing.