Northampton

Bursar Sara Meakins jailed for £46k primary school theft

A bursar who stole money from a Northamptonshire school and forged her husband's signature has been jailed for three years.

Sara Meakins, 40, from Duston, admitted stealing £46,355 from Brington Primary School between June 2007 and March 2011 at Northampton Crown Court.

She pleaded guilty to 12 offences of theft, fraud and obtaining pecuniary advantage by deception.

Recorder Michael Elsom told Meakins: "You were thoroughly dishonest."

Meakins also fraudulently took £25,300 from her nephew's trust fund between September 2009 and November 2010, and forged her husband's signature to take out £186,000 in loans, the court heard.

She also pleaded guilty to forging cheques and signatures to secure more than £250,000 over nine years, most of which has never been traced.

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