A Cancer sufferer who thought she was dying stole £400,000 from her property agent employers over a seven-year period has been jailed for stealing for four years.
Accounts manager Shirley Player, 61, embezzled £57,000 a year from her Bournemouth estate agent employers thinking she would not be around to face the consequences when she got found out.
But, unlike her two sisters who had both died of cancer, Player responded to treatment and survived to face trail.
During her seven-year-crime spree, involved making 390 money transfers into four separate accounts she owned, and amending the company’s accounts to disguise the payments when tenants of the agency were returning deposits.
The court heard that Player, pictured outside the court with a cigarette in her month, went through all the money paying off debts, paying her rent, and ‘treats’ for her family.
Player pleaded guilty to the thefts which started in 2007, at which time she did not have the illness, but said she assumed it was just ‘a matter of time’ before she was diagnosed, which she was, in 2010.
She was ordered to pay £110 victim surcharge. Because all the money had gone and there were no remaining assets to show for it, it is thought no compensation order was applied.