Woman fined over theft of gift cards

By Beth Sharp Friday 13 December 2013 Updated: 13/12 09:28

A REDDITCH woman pleaded guilty to stealing more than £70 worth of gift cards from her employer.

Christina Marianne Wainman, 26 and of Maisemore Close in Church Hill, admitted committing three counts of fraud by abuse of position against New Look Redditch. She was ordered to pay a £65 fine, £85 in costs and a surcharge of £20.

The court heard Wainman had been working as a cashier for two months, when on October 28 she was approached by two customers, on different occasions, wanting to know the balances left on their cards.

The prosecution said Wainman had told the customers there was no money left and took the cards, even though one had £10 and the other had £12 still remaining, so she could use them for herself.

The court was told the third incident happened on November 5 when Wainman put a £50 gift card through the till as a transaction but never paid for it. She then hid the card under her top so she could use it later.

Wainman has since been dismissed from her job and had her last wage packet docked by £50.

The defence said Wainman knew she had done wrong and had been very co-operative in police interviews with helping recover the goods she bought with the stolen cards. They added the incident was down to financial hardship and the consequences had so far had a devastating impact on her life.

Magistrates told Wainman she had abused a trusted position but took into consideration how candid Wainman had been with the police and her previous good character before they decided her punishment.

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