A “trusted” dental nurse, who stole thousands of pounds from a city dental practice, has been given a suspended jail term and unpaid work order.
Raesha Bapu, 27, of St Paul’s Road, Deepdale, Preston, received an eight-week sentence, suspended for 12 months, and must do 150 hours unpaid work.
She was also ordered to pay compensation of £3,851 compensation to her former employers, Linton Street Dental Surgery in Plungington, and must undertake 12 months supervision.
Bapu had admitted six counts of theft by an employee at an earlier hearing at Preston Magistrates’ Court, where she also had 28 similar offences taken into consideration.
She was dismissed from her position at Linton Street Dental Practice in Preston, after working there several years.
The thefts spanned a period between January 2013 and January 2014.
The owners of the company, Liz Lever and Farook Patel, noticed after advice from their bookkeeper that thousands of pounds was missing.
The court previously heard checks revealed a pattern in which cash payments were recorded as card payments, so missing cash was not noticed.
They took place on a Tuesday, when Miss Bapu worked, and in January and February, when another receptionist was on leave.
In January 2014, a customer paid £200 cash but it had been recorded as a card payment.
Bapu was confronted and a call was made to the customer on a loudspeaker in which she confirmed she had paid cash, and Bapu was suspended.
Preston Magistrates’ Court heard she had no financial problems and lived with her parents.