Heather Ffrench, 52, of Sparrows Herne, Basildon, and former colleague Anthony Olomofe, 46, of Curling Tye, Basildon, stood trial facing 30 counts of fraud by abuse of position.
Ffrench eventually changed her plea to guilty on the second day of the trial, admitting 25 counts of fraud, and a date was set for sentence.
Mr Olomofe was cleared of all charges after the trial concluded.Yup, it's this case. Sentencing, when the full might of the justice system ensures she pays back her debt to society.
Recorder Royall sentenced Ffrench to 15 months in prison suspended for 18 months. She was also ordered to pay costs of £6,209.Wait, hang on! Even Diane Abbott would realise that's about two thirds what she stole!
Ffrench laughed with friends as she walked from court.As well she might...