Woman jailed after stealing £340,000

A Daventry woman who stole more than £340,000 from her employers to fund a shopping obsession has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Susan Warren, who lives on Brampton Grange Drive, Middlemore, was sacked as a finance manager at Brixworth-based livestock farming supplies firm Fearing International in 2011.

The firm’s parent company, Ritchey Limited, discovered a ‘spike’ in the purchase ledger account and launched a disciplinary hearing against her. It later found Warren, 57, had been making substantial payments into her own bank and credit card accounts from as far back as 2004.

The court heard Warren used the majority of the stolen money to buy items from supermarket shopping to new clothing – in a bid to “maintain family relations,” she claimed.

Sentencing her at Northampton Crown Court on Thursday last week, recorder Ian Dove, said: “I understand the reason you did this was to seek the approval and endorsement of your family.

“The truth of the matter is that you have let them down very badly indeed.”

Warren will have to repay the money she stole but is likely to take many years.

She pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

Steven Evans, defending, said: “Here was a woman with low self-esteem. She had a desperate desire to gain credibility in a bid to maintain family relations.

“While this money was being taken she was already in debt. She continued to take loans from banks and other lenders.

“This is not spending vast amounts of money on fast cars or exotic locations – this is just spending, spending, spending on everyday matters at a significant level.”