Our thanks to Francis for this. The woman embezzled over £150,000, and has to date repaid only £26,104. There is nothing in the article to suggest she will be required to repay any of the balance. First we have an almost inevitable element in such stories:
Barber sobbed in the dock…
Then a judge who would be better employed as a comedian:
Sentencing, Judge Robin Johnson told her: ‘Employers should be able to trust employees to act in an honest way, not for selfish gain. It took a long time for your crime to be discovered, and I accept that no blame was cast on anybody else.
I consider I can avoid sending you to prison immediately by a whisker, but you come about as near to going to prison as you can.’
Yet another suspended sentence. So the woman has netted about £124,000, and received no serious punishment.