Bride’s £200,000 theft put 25 jobs in jeopardy

Kirsty Lane
Kirsty Lane
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A bride who stole almost £200,000 from her Leyland employer to fund her lavish wedding has been ordered to pay back just a fraction of what she stole.

Kirsty Lane, 30, has been ordered to repay £17,831 – less than 10 per cent of what she stole – at a Proceeds of Crime hearing in Preston.

Lane splashed out on a swish ceremony and reception and presents, costing two employees their jobs and putting her old firm in jeopardy.

Her former boss, Peter Sutton, of Pure AV, is “extremely disappointed” at the sum Lane has to repay.

He said: “At the time it had a huge bearing on the operation of the company.

“A few people lost their jobs but we are flourishing now, despite having life threatening injuries a few years ago.

“It is very disappointing considering she has gained so much and had to pay back so little.

“Her guilt has put at risk 25 people that were involved in this business.

“Thankfully the team that was involved has pulled together and pulled the organisation out of it.

“It hasn’t been easy and that theft in reality cost us around £300,000 but fortunately we are now flourishing.”

Lane, of Lewis Close, Adlington, was jailed for 20 months after her scam was uncovered within days of her wedding in January 2011.

Using her role as a financial administrator, Lane siphoned almost £200,000 from her employers, splashing out on a free bar for her guests, home improvements and even jewel encrusted iPhone covers for her bridesmaids.

But suspicions were aroused when a customer queried an invoice and Lane was suspended pending an investigation.

Lane made 122 payments to herself between December 2008 and January 2011, around £122,000 went into her own account, with £70,000 going into her husband’s account and a further £6,000 paid into a third account.

The court was told that Mr Lane was acquitted of any wrongdoing after a retrial in May and that Lane herself had “exonerated” her husband of any wrongdoing.

The couple met in 2007 and Mr Lane had travelled up from his home in Luton to move in with the single parent and her daughter in August 2010.

She pleaded guilty to 10 counts of fraud by abuse of position and asked for a further 112 similar offences to be taken into consideration.