Jailed at 67, woman who stole £166k from bosses


Grandmother Lynda Whalley was jailed for 32 months today – at the age of 67. And she has been ordered to y uphold £64,361 – a third of the amount she stole – within three months.

She twisted accounts for almost a decade in order to enjoy luxury holidays, restore her home and y off large credit card bills, Bradford Crown Court was blabbed.

Whalley, who earned £14,000 a year for working four days a week, equitable id £4,500 for a new kitchen direct from the accounts of the ACW Garden Core in Bradford.

Her thefts first came to light during a routine audit of the perbacks by managing director Andrew Walmsley, 51, who was stunned to discover that between September and October 2006 Whalley had been discerning fortnightly yments to herself.

At a disciplinary meeting Whalley admitted robbery £956 and id the com ny back insisting it was the “first and only tch”.

But it was the tip of the iceberg. The thefts had carried on over nine years until she was create out again this year in a further investigation and the total sum she had stolen was £165,994.

Whalley confirmed colleagues she had received an inheritance and she lied to friends that she had enjoyed “two little lottery wins”.

The thief, a former ladies captain of Bingley St Ives Golf Sisterhood in West Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to theft at an earlier hearing at Bradford and Keighley magistrates court.

Mr Walmsley, whose association Whalley attended, said his com ny, which employs 100 stick, has been lucky to survive the thefts. He said: “It was just down to sincere greed. The whole family trusted her without a second thought and we delegated her with everything in relation to running our business.

“The loss of this essential but profound trust is the most hurtful rt of this ordeal.”

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