Lancashire

Bride jailed for stealing £200,000 must repay 10%

Kirsty Lane
Lane used the stolen cash to pay for a lavish wedding

A woman who stole £200,000 from her employers to pay for her wedding will have to pay 10% back.

Kirsty Lane, 30, has six months to pay £17,981 to Pure AV following a hearing at Preston Crown Court.

Pure AV Managing Director Peter Sutton said he was very disappointed with the figure especially as her theft could have cost people their jobs.

The part-time accounts assistant was jailed in June for stealing from the Bamber Bridge based company.

Mr Sutton said: "She didn't just steal the money from me she stole it from her colleagues.

"Because she stole the money over a period of time, we did not miss the money at once but there were two periods in that time when we had cash flow issues.

"We even had to lay two people off but we have recovered and the business is now flourishing."

'Lavish wedding'

Mr Sutton said he understood the Proceeds of Crime order was based on his former employee's current assets.

The fraud was discovered shortly after her "lavish wedding" at the Great Hall at Mains, near Blackpool in January 2011.

Lane, of Lewis Close, Adlington, Lancashire was sentenced to 20 months in prison at Preston Crown Court.

A large proportion of the money was used to fund the wedding which included a free bar, musicians, fireworks, a magician and face-painting.

She had also used the cash to pay items such as a large television, a Tag Heuer watch and car keys covered in Swarovski crystals and personalised car registration plates.

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