Worker swindles Calderdale Council out of £10k

A former manager who defrauded Calderdale Council out of nearly £10,000 has been spared jail.

Andrea Breen, 48, had worked for the council for 15 years. Bradford Crown Court heard how she used a council-issued credit card to pay for a wide variety of things including £1100 on a christening party at a Halifax pub.

The court was told that Breen, of Ashfield Drive, Ovenden, Halifax, was partly motivated by revenge because of the way she felt she had been treated over a complaint issue at work.

Last month Breen admitted stealing from her employer and the total confirmed sum was £9,829.51.

A confiscation order was made against her council pension and the judge suspended her six months jail term for a year. She was also ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work for the community.

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