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Audenshaw woman ordered to pay £30k back to school she stole from
Friday 27th October 2017 @ 15:57 by Tom Greggan
Denton & Audenshaw Gorton & Openshaw News Tameside

A woman from Audenshaw who stole nearly £50,000 worth of school dinner money has been ordered to pay the majority of it back.

54-year-old Jacqueline Robb was jailed for ten months for fraud back in July, after it was revealed she stole £47,718.52 from Varna Community Primary School in Openshaw, where she was a finance manager.

Robb used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle of holidays and expensive clothes but her four-year campaign was brought to an end after a routine audit in December 2016 revealed the extent of her theft. Her husband also worked at Varna, but resigned out of respect for the school.

She has now been released from prison but a judge has ordered her to pay £30,395.85 compensation back to the school, which will be funded from equity in her home. If the money is not paid within three months, Robb could face another 15 months in prison.

A spokesperson from Varna Community Primary School said: “Police were alerted as soon as financial irregularities were discovered. The former staff member did not return to school and was later dismissed from her post. Policies and procedures in school have been changed to ensure this cannot happen again.”