Fraudster must pay £9,500 or face jail

Preston Magistrates CourtPreston Magistrates Court
Preston Magistrates Court
A woman who stole tens of thousands of pounds from a training firm she worked for two years ago has been ordered to pay back some of her ill gotten gains.

Greedy Claire Twist helped herself to around £65,000 funds from her Chorley-based employers.

In November 2016 the 39-year-old, from Butts Green, Warrington, was given two years in prison suspended for two years after admitting two counts of fraud by abusing her position.

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A financial investigation by Lancashire Police afterwards found she had £9,500 of realisable assets the authorities could seize.

A Proceeds of Crime Act hearing before Preston Crown Court was told it included two cars worth £4,840 and £3,195.

Prosecuting, Lisa Worsley, said the amount also included the car’s personal registration plates worth £625 and £465.

Twist was deemed medically unfit to attend the hearing after providing a sick note to the court.

The defendant had worked as Head of Business for Care-fully Trained Limited in Euxton, who provide training for people working in the caring profession.