Thatcham woman sentenced for fraud
Former secretary must repay Aldermaston employer more than £90,000
A THATCHAM woman has been ordered to pay back more than £90,000 which she stole from her employer.
Joanne Jordan, of Sagecroft Road, pleaded guilty to defrauding the owners of The Old Mill in Aldermaston by abuse of position earlier this year.
The former secretary for the wedding venue was sentenced to one year and ten month's imprisonment for the one count of theft and one count of fraud, to run concurrently.
Now she has been sentenced with a confiscation order for the sum of £91,627.55 to be paid as compensation to The Old Mill within three months.
The 43-year-old could face up to 12 month's imprisonment and still have to pay the money back if she fails to make the repayment within three months.
Financial investigator, Jennifer Bailey of Thames Valley Police Economic Crime Unit, said: “Jordan was in a position of trust which she abused over a protracted period making a significant personal financial gain which severely impacted this small business.
"Despite admitting the offence last September and pleading guilty in February she has since made no voluntary restitution to The Old Mill.
“A Proceeds of Crime Act Restraint Order was imposed in April in order to preserve her assets so that the Confiscation Order can be satisfied, with or without her co-operation and the monies restored to the victims."
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