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A lettings manager fleeced her employer, landlords and tenants and spent the cash on designer shoes and a breast reduction operation has been jailed for 27 months.

Amanda Mann, of Ruthin, North Wales, denied stealing £7,500 from Fletcher Poole letting agents in Conwy, Wales, but was found guilty by a jury.

The prosecution alleged she took nearer £90,000 from landlord rents, tenant deposits and other monies paid to the firm by customers over more than three years.

Sentencing Mann, 43, judge Recorder Timothy Petts, sitting at Mold Crown Court, told her that he was sure she had taken more money than reflected in the charges.

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But she blamed co-workers and claimed she was innocent.

The prosecution told the court she spent the money on expensive Jimmy Choo designer shoes and £6,000 of breast surgery.

Mann had worked as the lettings manager at Fletcher Poole for 10 years. Most tenants paid their rents and other charges in cash and she was in charge of banking the cash.

Mann covered up her thefts for many years, but was eventually caught out by her employer.

“Over time you systematically abused the trust of your employer and treated cash receipts as your own,” said the judge.

“It was a breach of a high degree of trust for a manager, went on over a three and a half years, and was only brought to an end when she was caught.

“She had tried to cover her tracks and disguise what was happening and blamed others by making wild allegations which were entirely false.”

The judge also remarked he thought the theft had damaged the firm’s reputation and impacted the financial standing of the letting agent when other staff were being made redundant.

The defence claimed Mann could repay some of the cash and should not go to jail as she suffered depression
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The judge disagreed and ordered she should be immediately taken into custody.

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