A CHECKOUT supervisor who was skimming £200 a week from the till to feed her boyfriend’s gambling habit and take him on foreign holidays has walked free from court.
The judge heard Karry Anne Nicholls was dumped by her jobless partner when she was caught and could no longer fund his lifestyle.
The 28-year-old is now faced with the loss of her home at Toll Bar, Doncaster, after receiving a suspended prison sentence at Doncaster Crown Court for an offence of fraud by abuse of position while working for Batley’s Cash & Carry at their branch in Doncaster.
She admitted taking about £14,000 between April 2010 and September 2011 but the court was told suspicion over the missing sum of £37,500 had fallen on members of a customer’s family.
Prosecutor Michael Slater described how Nicholls would take the money by adding a substantial cashback entry to almost every transaction completed by supermarket owner Harinder Kheila and his wife when they bought a large amount of stock each week from Batleys.
When they became suspicious about their mounting invoices the transactions were checked by management and CCTV footage showed Nicholls taking large sums of cash from the till, which she hid on her person.
She denied any wrongdoing but resigned a few days later and when arrested admitted taking the money from Mr and Mrs Kheila’s account.
Some of it was spent on holidays to Magaluf in Spain and Turkey, and she said she was giving her boyfriend money each week because he was not working and it financed his betting habit, said Mr Slater. They had also bought a car.
Mr Slater said the crime caused distress to the Kheilas because they knew someone was taking their money but couldn’t figure out who or how.
Nicholls, of Northfield Avenue, was of previous good character and provided several references to the court.
Her barrister, Rodney Ferm, said she had lived with the possibility of going to jail for a long time since the offence came to light.
“Nobody else in her hard-working family has ever been in trouble with the courts and her mother, father and brother are anxious and concerned for her.
“Her relationship has come to an end and her family’s view is that the man concerned, who does not work, has a track record of getting financial advantage from women who he takes up with and then discards them.
“After she resigned the relationship came to an end. She didn’t receive any encouragement from him to stop providing him with luxuries and funds which he would have known she couldn’t afford.”
Since leaving Batley’s she had obtained a job as a bakery delivery driver, starting work each day at 4am, but was likely to lose her home, said Mr Ferm.
Judge Jacqueline Davies told Nicholls she had narrowly escaped immediate custody because: “You stole to fund a lifestyle you couldn’t afford on your income and took holidays with a boyfriend who was also a beneficiary of this. Poeple speak very highly of you and are horrified by what you have done.”
She was sentenced to eight months, suspended for 18 months; 200 hours of unpaid work; and a curfew from 7pm to 3am for the next two months.