She stole £35,000, gave money to family and bought luxury clothes... meanwhile five workers were 'laid off because of her'
21.11.2023 - 10:39
At least five people had to be made redundant after a newly-employed assistant accountant stole more than £35,000 from work, a court has heard.
Business owner, Aria Taheri said the actions of Sarah Cunningham 'left a trail of destruction' before he ultimately had to sell his business at a loss.
Cunningham, 41, had been working for Velo Systems for less than four weeks when she first transferred money from the company account into another account she had set up. Five minutes after she was first asked about the missing money by the company accountant, Cunningham said her mum had been 'rushed into hospital after suffering a stroke' and she had to leave work.
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Despite her actions being branded by a judge as being motivated, in part, by 'greed,' Cunningham was spared a jail sentence after Manchester Crown Court heard she is currently receiving treatment for cervical cancer.
Prosecuting, Robin Kitching said it was a chance for Cunningham to 'escape' as the business looked into her actions. The court heard that Cunningham began working for east Manchester firm Velo Systems on April 5, 2019.
She had access to the company's banking system, but could not make payments without prior approval in her role. Mr Kitching said Cunningham set up an account which had a similar name to another company which Velo Systems worked with.
She made the first payment on April 29, 2019, moving £4,550 from the company account. Cunningham made a further eight payments on six days, with the final payment being made