Fraudster wins appeal over jail term

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A LOANS provider who dipped into her customers’ accounts to hide a financial blunder has had her sentence cut on appeal.

Lynne Benson was jailed for a year at Sheffield Crown Court last December after admitting fraud.

But senior judges at London’s Court of Appeal cut that term to nine months - meaning she is due for release next month.

The court heard Benson, aged 49, worked for Provident Personal Credit, organising loans for people with poor credit histories.

Mr Justice Cranston, sitting with Mr Justice Beatson, said after a mistake at work meant £1,000 went missing, she took out extra money in the names of 24 of her customers to cover her tracks.

Benson, of Church Lane, Rotherham, admitted she used fraud to hide the error, but all the money was eventually paid back.

Her lawyers said, considering no-one lost out and Benson had been of ‘impeccable character’ before the crime, her prison term was over the top.

Mr Justice Cranston refused to release Benson immediately, but cut her prison term by a quarter.