Thief bride pays back just 10%

Kirsty Lane, who stole �168,000 from her employer in Leyland to fund a lavish wedding.
Kirsty Lane, who stole �168,000 from her employer in Leyland to fund a lavish wedding.
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With magicians, a harpist and a spectacular firework display, no expense was spared for the lavish wedding of Kirsty and Graham Lane.

Smiling for the photographer, Kirsty, 30, looked every bit the blushing bride as she tied the knot at a sumptuous ceremony at The Great Hall at Mains.

But Kirsty’s smiles hid a secret which was soon to be uncovered - this spectacular celebration was to cost two of her colleagues their jobs and put her employers’ business under threat.

Now - despite leaving the business with “life threatening injuries” - Lane has been ordered to pay back less than a 10th of the money she stole.

Peter Sutton, company director of Pure AV in Walton Summitt near Preston, said the order to repay just £17,831 was “extremely disappointing” adding: “I hope she has learnt her lesson.”

He told the Evening Post: “At the time it had a huge bearing on the operation of the company. A few people lost their jobs but we are flourishing now, despite having life threatening injuries a few years ago.

“It is very disappointing considering she has gained so much and had to pay back so little.

“Her guilt has put at risk 25 people that were involved in this business.

“Thankfully the team that was involved has pulled together and pulled the organisation out of it.

“It hasn’t been easy and that theft in reality cost us around £300,000 but fortunately we are now flourishing.”

Lane, of Lewis Close, Adlington, was jailed for 20 months after her scam was uncovered within days of her wedding in January 2011.

Using her role as a financial administrator, Lane siphoned almost £200,000 from her employers, splashing out on a free bar for her guests, home improvements and even jewel encrusted iPhone covers for her bridesmaids.

But suspicions were aroused when a customer queried an invoice and Lane was suspended pending an investigation.

Lane made 122 payments to herself between December 2008 and January 2011, with around £122,000 went into her own account, with £70,000 going into her husband’s account and a further £6,000 paid into a third account.

The court was told that Mr Lane was acquitted of any wrongdoing after a retrial in May and that Lane herself had “exonerated” her husband of any wrongdoing.

The couple met in 2007 and Mr Lane had travelled up from his home in Luton to move in with the single parent and her daughter in August 2010.

She pleaded guilty to 10 counts of fraud by abuse of position and asked for a further 112 similar offences to be taken into consideration.