Oundle thief to pay back £7,000 of £70,000 haul

Laura Bullivant, 32, of Siddons Close, Oundle, has been jailed for 18 months at Northampton Crown Court
Laura Bullivant, 32, of Siddons Close, Oundle, has been jailed for 18 months at Northampton Crown Court
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A woman who stole almost £70,000 from her employer has been told she must pay back just £7,763 in compensation.

Laura Bullivant, 32, of Siddons Close, Oundle, was given an 18-month jail sentence in May after pleading guilty to fraud by abuse of position.

Northampton Crown Court

Northampton Crown Court

At the time, Northampton Crown Court heard Bullivant had stolen £19,860 in cash and a little over £50,000 in bank transfers from her employer, RG and MF Sadler (Electrical) Ltd.

The fraud took place over almost three years and came to light after Bullivant left the company.

In court last Thursday (August 28) an order was given to Bullivant to pay back the sum of £7,763.

The court was told the money would be paid back to Bullivant’s former employers.

A total of £3,263 would be paid in cash from a bank account belonging to Bullivant which had been frozen after her arrest.

The court heard a further £2,000 would be raised by selling Bullivant’s Land Rover Freelander and valuables, which had been identified by police investigators, worth a further £2,500 would also be sold. Among the items to be sold are a Dell laptop computer, a Toshiba removable hard drive and an iPad.

Bullivant is due for release from prison in October and was told by Recorder Stuart Sprawson that she had six months to raise the money otherwise she could face a further prison sentence in default of payment.

Defence barrister David Lee said: “We will undertake to provide evidence of how these items are being sold.”

Police reaction to sentence

After Bullivant’s conviction, DC Simon Coles said: “Bullivant systematically used her power as finance manager to abuse the systems in place, and the trust of her employer, to steal almost £70,000.

“We are pleased with the sentence given and hope it will serve as a deterrent to others and show that this type of crime is taken very seriously by Northamptonshire Police.”