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Norfolk woman sold Suffolk firm's stock on eBay

A Norfolk woman has been sentenced for selling stock from the Suffolk firm she worked for on an internet auction site.

Claire Will, 39, whose address is unknown, ordered extra stock for Tao of Books, sold it on eBay then arranged for her employers to deliver it.

She admitted theft amounting to just under £12,000 between March 2009 and April 2010 at Norwich Crown Court.

Will was sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for 12 months, and a 12 month supervision order.

She must also carry out 40 hours of unpaid work.

'Abused' trust

Recorder Martin Evans said: "You ran the company day to day whilst the owner was away and he put trust in you.

"It is hard enough for businesses as it is without people behaving like this. You systematically abused your position of trust."

Defending, Rebecca Wastall said Will is now bankrupt and suffers from aspergers syndrome.

"She did not understand the consequences of what she was doing," she said.

"She is full of remorse and shame for what she has done."

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