A pregnant woman has been jailed after siphoning off more than £80,000 from a company that helps make prosthetics and body parts.
Former Trulife chief financial officer Zoe Guest had racked up tens of thousands of pounds in credit card debt and began funneling money from her employers in August 2016.
The 35-year-old fabricated fake invoices and paid large sums of money into a bank account she shared with her partner, Sheffield Crown Court.
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Prosecutor Richard Davies told the court she also used a former employee’s login details as well as her own to help transfer the money to her own accounts.
She was fired from her job when the discrepancies and false invoices were discovered after taking £81,500.58 in total over a two-year period.
The court heard she had worked for Trulife, a Sheffield-based company, since 2006 and was responsible for invoices and cash flow.
Mr Davies said in her first interview with police she told detectives she only had one bank account but later had nine in total, some of which were shared with her partner.
She denied making the payments to her account from Trulife’s bank and could not explain the transfers.
In a second interview with police in October 2019, she refused to answer any questions put to her by investigators. She then denied a fraud offense in Crown court before changing her guilty plea in December, four months before her trial was due.
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In a pre-sentence report, it was revealed that Guest, of West Park Drive, Swalownest, had credit card debt and had been pressured at work and had ‘poor thinking skills’ as her judgment would have also been affected. .
It was also revealed that she had set aside £20,000 in a bid to start paying back her former employers, but Judge Peter Kelson QC ruled the offense was so serious that only an immediate jail sentence could be imposed.
He added that he had great difficulty determining the sentence given the fact that she was pregnant, but said it was a “lot of money” and a “sophisticated scam by a person in a position of trust and that such infringement should be deterred”.
Guest, who is nine weeks pregnant, was jailed for 18 months.
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