A housing group worker stolen thousands of pounds from her workplace and spent it on herself.
Elizabeth Davies, who was in charge of administration and banking at the Great Places Housing Group, Blackpool, left to bank more than £1,000 one day but the money was never deposited.
We find there was a breach of trust and financial loss, but we have stepped back from a custodial sentence
In total, Davies pocketed £3,268 from money people paid for rent and items such as key fobs.
Davies, 33, of Overdale Grove, Grange Park, pleaded guilty to theft from an employer between August and October last year.
She was sentenced to a 12 -month community order with up to five days’ rehabilitation to be supervised by the probation service, plus 200 hours’ unpaid work for the community and ordered to pay £3,268 compensation, £85 costs with £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.
Presiding magistrate, Barry Birch, told her: “We find there was a breach of trust and financial loss, but we have stepped back from a custodial sentence.”
Davies, who had one previous conviction for benefit fraud, told police when she was interviewed that she had started off taking small amounts of money and she had spent what she stole on her lifestyle and general living.
Davies told magistrates that she was sorry for betraying the staff and friends.
She wholly regretted her action and realised it had caused a lot of upset and trauma to others.