Woman admits stealing £2.3 million from employer

Bradford Crown Court
Bradford Crown Court

A Shelf woman who broke down in tears as she confessed to stealing just over £2.3 million from her employer has been warned that she faces prison.

Julie Nickerson, 54, admitted stealing the money from JLA Ltd between January 2005 and December 2012, but her barrister Oliver Jarvis said they would be asking to check the figures because his client didn’t actually know how much she had taken.

Nickerson, of Wade House Road, sobbed as she sat alongside her 48-year-old newsagent husband Anthony in the dock at Bradford Crown Court.

Nickerson also admitted transferring or concealing the stolen money over the same period and a fraud charge relating to a false representation made to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs that she had inherited almost £650,000 from her mother.

Her husband pleaded not guilty to the money laundering charge and the fraud offence and will stand trial on those matters on April 7.

Mr Jarvis asked for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on his client, but Nickerson will not be sentenced until the conclusion of her husband’s trial next year.

The Recorder of Bradford Judge Roger Thomas QC was told that a psychological report would be prepared on Nickerson, but he warned her that the amount of money involved had ‘’opened the prison door’’ although it would be for the judge who tried her husband’s case to decide what her sentence would be.

The couple were both granted bail with a condition that they report to Halifax police station on a Sunday.