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Wednesday 20 June 2018

Mum gets a year to pay back €6k stolen from her employer

Jenny Moran
Jenny Moran

A mother-of-three who stole nearly €6,000 from her former employer has been given a year to repay the money.

Jenny Moran (30) took small sums of money by putting cash refunds on to her own debit card while she was working in administration for a bathroom and flooring company.

Her lawyer told Blanchardstown District Court that Moran took the money not for enrichment but to pay her bills.

In total, she stole €5,973 over a 16-month period, which has not been repaid.

Judge David McHugh said he had sympathy for her circumstances, but her behaviour was a "complete breach of trust".

He ordered Moran to complete a restorative justice programme.

The defendant must write a letter of apology to her former employer, complete 25 hours of voluntary work and repay the money she stole.

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Judge McHugh said he would give Moran a year to complete these tasks.

He adjourned sentencing to December.

The defendant, of Druid Court, Ballymun, had pleaded guilty to numerous counts of theft at Project Tile Des-ign, Damastown Industrial Estate, Mulhuddart, on dates between May 2015 and August 2016.

Gda Sgt Maria Callaghan had said that during bank transactions, Moran refunded money and put it on her own debit card.

Sgt Callaghan said the amounts stolen ranged from €124 in August 2015 to €1,380 - which was the largest single sum stolen - in May 2016.

The court heard that Moran, who had never been in trouble before, was a lone parent with three children and was living on social welfare.

She was also homeless for a time after this incident, but had been interacting with the support services.

The court also heard Moran made early and full admissions to the thefts and was at a low risk of re-offending.

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