A Sheffield woman who stole more than £27,000 from her employer to fund spending sprees at Meadowhall has been sent to prison for 16 months.
Assistant accountant Lucie Timms embezzled a total of £27,144.09 over an 11-month period from city centre recruitment advertising company My Job Group, Sheffield Crown Court was told.
The theft was discovered by a temporary employee who was covering while Timms was away on holiday.
Prosecutor Michael Upson said there were 34 transactions where Timms had paid money into her own account rather than honouring outstanding payments to suppliers.
When police checked her bank account they discovered she had spent most of the money on shopping at Meadowhall.
The company – which had to lay people off due to financial difficulties – had previously made an £11,000 loan to 32-year-old Timms so she could pay off her husband’s gambling debts.
Timms, of Oak Lodge Road, High Green, was interviewed by police and made a full admission. She pleaded guilty to fraud.
Harry Bowyer, defending, said Timms had been under ‘severe stress’ at the time of the thefts and was ‘not thinking straight’.
Judge Julian Goose said he had considered a non-custodial sentence but had to take into account the £11,000 loan her employer had given her when she was facing hard financial circumstances.
He said: “The loss of £27,000 was difficult for them to bear.
“This is a serious offence which means you can only be sent into custody.”