‘Trusted’ employee stole £10,000 from her firm

A JAIL sentence hangs over a woman who stole £10,000 from her bosses.

Melanie Bottomley, aged 48, of Lansbury Avenue, Pilsley, near Clay Cross, worked for sheet metal makers Food Fabrications, of Old Whittington, when she stole the cash.

She admitted the theft of £4,200 cash on September 18, 2010, and the theft of £6,389 cash between April, 2011 and March, 2012.

Probation officers Julia Gillott told Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court: “She had responsibility for the company’s finances and the offences were a major breach of trust.

“She found herself in serious financial difficulties and she gives this as an explanation and not an excuse.”

Presiding magistrate David Summers imposed an 18-week jail term but suspended it for a year.

He said: “It was a high-level breach of trust.

“You were trusted with more or less the whole financial management of this company and you betrayed it. A civil case may be opened against you to recover the balance.”

Mr Summers also handed Bottomley a 7pm-4am curfew for 12 weeks and ordered her to pay £4,500 compensation to her former employers.