Another Woman Walks Free From Court, ...Because Vagina
Accountant, 37, who stole £350,000 [$455,000] from her
technology firm to fund an online poker habit walks free from court as
judge says she's 'not the stuff of which prison population is made'i.e. disposable men
Rachael Burford: An accountant who stole £350,000 from her employers walked free after a judge said she would not fit in in prison.
Natalie Saul, 37, from Wandsworth, south London raided technology firm Idio's accounts to feed her gambling addiction and blew more than £250,000 playing online poker.
mother-of-one submitted more than 400 fake invoices to get the cash
from the software company between March 2015 and December 2016.
Saul was given a two-year suspended sentence and 250 hours unpaid work
by Judge Catherine Newman, who admitted her sentence was 'wholly
exceptional' and fell outside sentencing guidelines.
She told Southwark Crown Court Saul was 'not the general stuff of which the prison population is made'.
judge added: 'I'm taking a considerable risk that the Crown will think
it lenient and appeal, but it's a risk I'm willing to take.'
Daniels, defending Saul, had argued her client was 'shaken' by the loss
of her grandmother in 2013 and was a committed charity worker.
'This offending is so out of character, she has worked hard and paid her taxes and been a responsible citizen,' said Ms Daniels.
Yet her charitable efforts could not mitigate the loss to Idio, who hemorrhaged a total of £348,439 to her gambling addiction.
deception relied on her privileged role as office manager for the firm.
She created fake invoices to the company which she sent to herself.
then altered the details to her own bank account, paid herself the
cash, and switched the bank details back to avoid detection.
Finally she marked the invoices as paid, using her knowledge of the company auditing system to escape attention.
fraudster was caught when she went on maternity leave in December 2016
and a new CFO took over and spotted hundreds of fake invoices.
was only after she was challenged by the company that she confessed her
crimes, and admitted one count of fraud at Westminster Magistrates
Court on July 13.
Judge Newman said she
was on the brink of giving her a sentence of three years and four
months, before being persuaded she was unfit for prison.
'I'm not sending a lady to jail'
In the past year, a string of young female defendants have been spared prison:
Karolina Szumko, 18, who attacked staff at a nightclub and shouted
racist slurs at police, avoided jail after Hammersmith Magistrates’
Court deputy district judge Adrian Turner told her: ‘I’m not sending a
lady to prison for something like this.’ Szumko was sentenced to 150
hours of community service.
former private schoolgirl who helped her brother supply cocaine to
students was spared jail after arguing it would blight her future
career. In October last year, Poppy Murray, 22, was handed a 12-month
suspended for 18 months at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester.
University student Lavinia Woodward, 24, who stabbed her boyfriend last
December, may be spared prison after Oxford Crown Court judge Ian
Pringle said she had an ‘extraordinary’ talent for medicine. Woodward is
due to be sentenced next month.
mother who locked her seven-year-old daughter alone in their flat all
weekend so she could have sex with her lover was spared jail after
claiming she was breast-feeding. The defendant, who cannot be named, had
admitted four counts of child neglect.
'You abused your position of control over your employers bank account,' said the judge.
devised and created over 400 accounts for stealing money by a fraud
using a sophisticated method which involved some planning.
'Each account required six steps. First you raised fake invoices to the company account system.
you used knowledge of auditing to reduce risk of detection. You amended
the bank details of the recipient to your own bank account.
'You paid the invoices to yourself. Then you changed the bank details back to the original supplier.
you marked the invoices as paid. You did this for over a year. It has
caused considerable harm to your employer which could ill afford to lose
such a substantial sum, but thankfully survived.
grandmother's death rocked the stability of your hitherto good
citizenship. You had a steady partner who had no idea of your gambling
addiction and stands by you.
'I'm prepared to take the wholly exceptional course of reducing your sentence and suspend it.'
Saul burst into tears as Judge Newman told her the sentence was suspended.
Saul was given a two-year suspended sentence and 250 hours community order for one count of fraud by abuse of position.
She was ordered to pay just £360 costs, a little over £10 for every £1000 she stole from her company.