New Mills woman jailed for 16 months after stealing £97,000 from employer

Helen Farrell from New Mills sentecned to 16 months for stealing �97,000
Helen Farrell from New Mills sentecned to 16 months for stealing �97,000

A woman from New Mills will face 16 months in prison after she was found guilty of stealing £97,000.

Helen Farrell, 67, of Stoneyland Drive, New Mills, pleaded guilty to theft by employee and false accounting at Manchester Crown Court, Minshull Street at an earlier hearing.

She was subject to an internal investigation at Barclays which found that she could not account for large sums of money adding up to £97,000 appearing in her and her family’s bank accounts.

Police were informed of the investigation in April 2013 and she was later dismissed from her employer for gross misconduct in June 2013.

She was sentenced to 16 months in prison on Tuesday, May 17.

Detective constable Katherine Perry of Greater Manchester Police’s fraud investigation team, said: “Farrell deliberately deceived her employer for her own personal gain.

“She was in a position of trust which she ruthlessly continued to abuse over a period of time. Today’s sentencing proves that fraudulent activity will not be tolerated in Greater Manchester and we will aim to prosecute those who are guilty of such offences.”