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Cashier thefts paid for lavish lifestyle

LOUISE Martini lived up to her name and led a luxurious lifestyle.

LOUISE Martini lived up to her name and led a luxurious lifestyle.

She bought expensive jewellery from Chanel, owned top-of-the-range sports cars and enjoyed a dream trip to Las Vegas.

Martini even bought the lease to a pub in Worcestershire and had shares in a racehorse.

But in truth, Martini was leading a double-life.

She pretended to be a high-flying accountant with a huge salary to match.

Instead she worked for a Solihull firm of solicitors as a cashier in their accounts department earning a modest £24,000 a year.

Her deceit was finally uncovered when she admitted theft and money laundering a staggering figure of £1,634,582 at Gloucester Crown Court.

Martini, who lived in Griffin Lane, Solihull, paid for the high life by stealing from the firm she had worked at for 20 years.

She had been responsible for managing petty cash, client bank accounts and expenses at Williamson and Soden whom she had joined as a 16 year old.

Martini regularly deceived partners at the firm when presenting cheques for them to sign as they had complete trust in her.

The discovery of her deceit came as a huge shock to the company which also have offices in Shirley.

Between April 2002 and her dismissal in February last year, Martini spent £11,000 on Chanel jewellery at Selfridges, £9,500 from the designer online store Net-a-Porter and £500 in exclusive shoe shop Jimmy Choo.

She also bought five cars, spending £56,000 on a Range Rover Sport V8 and £42,000 for an Audi A5 Quattro Coupe.

Ian Williamson, a partner at Williamson and Soden revealed the thefts were uncovered in February 2009.

Prior to that, despite required internal and external checks, there had been no indication that anything was wrong.On discovery of the thefts, Martini was immediately dismissed and the police were informed.

Mr Williamson confirmed: “The operations of the firm have continued unaffected since we discovered the theft. We were, and are, fully insured.

“The funds were completely restored to us within a short time of the theft being discovered and we are now looking to the future with confidence having put the matter well behind us.”

Martini is now awaiting sentence.



Cathrina Hulse
Multimedia Journalist
Annette Belcher
Multimedia Journalist
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