A WORKER at npower’s offices in Solihull who used a company credit card to pay for goods and services worth £157,000 has been jailed for two years.
Amanda French clocked up £20,000 in mobile phone bills and many thousands more on clothes, food, holidays and concert tickets.
French, 42, of The Links, Acocks Green, admitted obtaining property costing £82,629 and services worth a further £72,144 by deception.
Warwick Crown Court heard French was a finance officer at npower, where she had worked for ten years, and got away with her dishonesty because she was responsible for chasing up others who did not complete forms justifying the spend on their cards.
Sarah Hammond, prosecuting, said French was entitled to a ‘purchase card’, which was a NatWest credit card, given to employees for legitimate business expenses up to £10,000 a month.
But within three days of receiving her card in September 2006, she began using it for her own purposes. Her dishonesty was discovered when an internal audit was carried out last November.
Michael Duck, defending, said French had been living in complicated domestic circumstances, still paying toward the family home and also setting up home with her new partner.
“Her teenage children took the split-up of the marriage very badly indeed, and one of the easiest ways to restore her relationship with them was to spoil them,” he said.