A BRIDE who stole up to £200,000 from her boss to help pay for a lavish Fylde coast wedding has been jailed for 20 months.
Part-time accounts assistant Kirsty Lane, 30, channelled funds from her employer’s bank account into her own and her future husband’s.
Her fraud was uncovered just days after she married Graham Lane, 36, at Mains Hall, Singleton, in January last year.
Judge Pamela Badley said the “modest” first amounts of cash she stole from the company escalated and funded a luxury lifestyle.
Judge Badley said Mrs Lane’s behaviour was “fraudulent from the outset”, adding: “This was a cynical exploitation of the small company for which you worked.”
As well as paying for a lavish wedding which included a free bar, musicians, fireworks, a magician and face-painting, Lane, of Lewis Close, Adlington, also used the cash to pay for a number of home improvements, a 52in TV, a Tag Heuer watch and personalised car registration plates.
Kirsten McAteer, prosecuting, told Preston Crown Court: “Once she started stealing money, she couldn’t stop. She was afraid Mr Lane would leave her when he found out the truth.”
Mrs Lane’s fraud was discovered by Peter Sutton, the managing director of Pure Audio Visual Ltd, for who she worked.
There had been a complaint from a customer about an invoice which led him to investigate the company’s finances.
The court heard Lane made 122 payments to herself between December 2008 and January 2011.
Lane pleaded guilty to 10 counts of fraud by abuse of position and asked for a further 112 similar offences to be taken into consideration.
Amanda Johnson, defending, said: “She felt money and the trappings that go with it would make her a more attractive proposition.”
The court heard Mr Lane believed the money was from savings, her salary and bonuses.