A disgruntled dental nurse stole almost £4,000 from the practice where she worked – and spent it in Iceland.
When caught, Rebecca Seymour told the police she couldn’t get the time off work she wanted, and didn’t like where she worked.
The 31-year-old, worked as a dental nurse for Genix Healthcare when she started helping herself to money.
She deleted random patient payments, took cash for herself and fiddled records, backdating payments to cover her tracks, Teesside Crown Court heard.
She thought the game was up when members of head office came to the Middlesbrough practice.
She left without explanation, believing they had arrived to investigate her at the two surgeries on Linthorpe Road.
In fact, it was her nervous behaviour and rapid departure which aroused suspicion, said Michele Turner, defending.
Iceland trip A manager found CCTV footage which showed Seymour in the surgery on a Sunday.
Prosecutor Harry Hadfield said: “She had no reason to be in the practice at that time.
“She had gone in to steal money from her employer.”
The audit trail revealed 164 transactions to the value of £3,997 over almost a year.
Seymour went to the police and confessed to taking the money, but said she was shocked at how much she had stolen.
She said she spent it straight away on shopping, “going to Iceland”, and was ashamed and sorry for her dishonesty.
She told officers she did not have money problems and her motive was dissatisfaction with her workplace.
She was not happy with the practice and believed less qualified people were earning more money than her.
“She said she felt undervalued. She didn’t like where she worked,” added Mr Hadfield.
“She couldn’t get the time off she wanted and she wanted to try and find employment elsewhere.”
New employers ‘might find out’.
Seymour, of College Road, Thorntree, Middlesbrough, admitted theft between May last year and April this year, her first conviction.
Ms Turner said Seymour showed obvious remorse for her crime.
She now had a new admin job and was doing well, but had not told anyone of her conviction because she was so embarrassed.
“They might find out,” said Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough.
Sentencing, he said the theft was a “gross and obvious breach of trust”.
He told Seymour: “Over a period of nearly a year you were stealing from your employer.
“And you were doing so in a very well-organised manner.
“This was planned, it was well-executed and it was persistent.
“You took steps to cover your tracks so that you would not be detected, but eventually you were.”
She was given an 18-month community order with 140 hours’ unpaid work and a tagged curfew between 7 pm and 6 am.
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