A work experience sixth-former who stole thousands from one of the world's top international law firms has been jailed for five months.So far, so typical. But the disturbing part is here:
Within three days of joining Freshfields, Titilayo Olaifa used their computer system to help generate a string of company cheques.
Having forged her boss's signatures she then paid them into her bank.
The teenager was identified, confronted with her "breach of trust" and promptly confessed.Oh, well, the company will just have to chalk it up to experience, eh..?
But when questioned by police she refused to say what had happened to the money, none of which has been recovered.
Olaifa, now 19, of Chatsworth Road, Clapton, east London, pleaded guilty to one count of theft and one of "fraud by abuse of position" in June last yearI don’t think that was shame. I think she just didn’t want the judge to see her laughing.
She bowed her head in apparent shame as Judge Martin Beddoe told her: "I cannot accept you did not fully appreciate exactly what you were doing, how serious this was in terms of breach of trust, how serious in terms of the amount you were trying to engineer away and how serious the consequences could have been if the matters caught up with you.