Accountant stole £140k for holidays champagne and private schol

Accountant is jailed for 30 months after stealing £140,000 from a family business to pay for foreign holidays and child’s private school

  • Alison Thomas, 52, had worked for small family business for seven years 
  • She transferred £144,589 into her account between Dec 2011 and Jan 2018 
  • Thomas, of Tadworth, Surrey, was today jailed at Croydon Crown Court  

Alison Thomas, 52, of Tadworth, transferred £144,589 to her personal account between December 2011 and January 2018

An accountant has been jailed for stealing £140,000 from her bosses to pay for champagne, holidays abroad and a private education for her children.

Alison Thomas, 52, of Tadworth, Surrey, had been working for the small family-owned engineering company for seven years when she started taking money from them.

She transferred £144,589 to her personal account between December 2011 and January 2018. 

She spent the cash on lavish champagne lunches, holidays abroad and privately educating her children, Croydon Crown Court heard. 

Thomas was today jailed for two-and-a-half years after admitting fraud by abuse of position. 

The court was told the fraud only came to light when her boss became suspicious of her luxurious new lifestyle.    

Thomas’s employer then probed the company accounts and uncovered the illicit payments being made to her personal account before confronting her.

The thieving accountant immediately confessed to the scam and she was arrested. 

PC Stewart Bold of the Met’s Economic Crime Hub in Lewisham, said: ‘Thomas used her position of trust to withdraw large funds from the company to fund her own lifestyle. She lived beyond her means and treated the company’s account as her own.

‘In doing so she put the company in serious financial difficulty. Fortunately this did not lead to the loss of any jobs and therefore further financial struggles for its employees and their families.

‘The sentence she has received demonstrates the severity of her actions and I hope will act as a deterrent to others.’

She spent the money on lavish champagne lunches, holidays abroad and privately educating her children, Croydon Crown Court (pictured) heard

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