Charity manager stole from shop

A CHARITY shop manager who stole more than £2,000 in takings while her boss was on holiday has been told she could go to prison.

Rachael Willison admitted stealing £2,100 cash from the Oxfam charity shop in Corby in March and April 2008.

Willison, 41, of Lynton Grove, Corby, admitted the charge of theft by an employee when she appeared at Corby Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Willison, who has no previous convictions, spoke only to confirm her name and address and enter her plea.

The Oxfam branch, which was in George Street, has since closed.

Caroline Emmett, prosecuting, said: “Willison was employed as a manager at the Corby branch of the Oxfam charity.

“She had been there for approximately four years and her responsibilities involved the day-to-day running of the branch.

“She would bank the takings, and after banking she would submit a form.

“Between February 29, 2008 and March 27, 2008, her manager was out of the country and she was in charge.

“After this period, the accounts department noticed she had not submitted forms for five weeks. She failed to bank any takings from the first two weeks of March 2008.

“On April 1 she banked two payments which fell well below what was expected. She made an admission that she had taken money home to catch up on banking but had kept a portion of it.”

Paul Tweddle, for Willison, said there was extensive mitigation but he would make no further representations until a pre-sentence report had been compiled.

District judge Timothy Daber postponed sentencing so the report could be produced.

He said: “I have to tell you that I can’t rule out any sentencing options and prison remains a possibility.”

Mr Daber spoke about the offence falling into the category of 18 to 24 weeks’ custody.

Willison is due to be sentenced for her crime at Corby Magistrates Court on May 11.