Employee makes off with thousands of pounds

Bradford Crown Court
Bradford Crown Court

A cash-strapped woman who took thousands of pounds from her employers has had her 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years.

A judge told 44-year-old Sharon Normanton that she had let everybody down by taking the money while she was working as the office manager at Halifax Numerical Controls Limited.

Recorder David Ake told a tearful Normanton, of Lindrick Way, Illingworth, that she was fortunate not to go straight to prison for the offences of fraud by false representation and theft.

“I read in your letter that you are ashamed and so you should be. You have let everybody down,” said Recorder Ake.

He said Normanton’s family had been short of money at the time and she had fallen prey to the easy temptation to help herself to her employers’ money.

Normanton, who had no previous convictions, pleaded guilty at Bradford Crown Court to unlawfully using a company credit card to withdraw cash and pay for fuel.

The prosecution alleged that she had obtained a total of more than £6,200, but Normanton suggested the total figure was nearer to £4,000.

Normanton will now have to do 150 hours unpaid work for the community as part of her suspended sentence and she will also be subject to supervision by the probation service.

Recorder Ake said she would have to pay £200 costs and he also set a timetable for a further hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act later this year.