Gilbert confessed she spent £28,238 on items for herself, causing her managers to question why budgets were so overstretched.
Defending Gilbert, Adam King said she needed to 'put food on the table' for her children.
...because she takes no shit from the defendant!
But Judge Emma Nott said: 'This is much more than trips to Asda, she wasn't buying 20p tins of beans was she? It was for her children when it should have been for the young vulnerable adults she was looking after.'
Oh, well said!
Judge Emma Nott said: 'Dimensions UK was your employer, a not-for-profit charity that provides essential services to vulnerable young adults with disabilities. From September 11 2015 to April 5 2019 you were stealing routinely and regularly putting your own family's needs first.
'The money should have been spent on essentials and the odd luxury for these young adults who had a background of poverty.
'Instead, you were taking your family to McDonald's, Nando's, and Pizza Hut, taking them to the cinema, Warner Brothers studios and tenpin bowling.
'You stole nearly £30,000 and all you have done since being exposed is attempt to avoid the consequences.'
A judge who isn't taken in by the usual sob story has a price beyond rubies...
The judge blasted Gilbert for being 'full of self-pity' despite committing theft against 'the most vulnerable'.
And she still wasn't finished:
Gilbert, from Bracknell in Berkshire, was sentenced to a two-year prison term, suspended for two years and she will have to pay back every penny of the money she stole.
'I do not care if it takes you 10 years,' the judge added.
We need more like her.