£325,000 stolen from accounts by manageress

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A building society manageress betrayed the trust of close relatives and friends when she took over £325,000 from their accounts over 17 years, a court heard.

Denise Salter stole the money from unwitting victims who included her own husband and two sons while working as manageress of Yorkshire Building Society’s Sheffield branch.

The mother-of-two, aged 57, of Pilley, Barnsley, was jailed for four years by Judge Paul Watson QC at Sheffield Crown Court after admitting six offences of theft, two of fraud, one of false accounting, one of making a false instrument and asking for three to be taken into consideration.

Rick Holland, defending, said Salter felt so terrible she had considered taking her own life so the insurance could be used to pay her victims back. “It’s hard for her to accept she has caused so much misery.”

Det Constable Karl Saxton said it was a mystery where the money had gone. “There is no evidence she was living a life of luxury.”