Gambling addict mother ordered to repay £75,000

Dianne Polson of Hampton Hargate, Peterborough was jailed for 40 months in August 2019 having admitted using her admin role at Canopy UK Direct Limited to fraudulently refund money onto her bank card

Dianne Polson of Hampton Hargate, Peterborough was jailed for 40 months in August 2019 having admitted using her admin role at Canopy UK Direct Limited to fraudulently refund money onto her bank card

Dianne Polson of Hampton Hargate, Peterborough was jailed for 40 months in August 2019 having admitted using her admin role at Canopy UK Direct Limited to fraudulently refund money onto her bank card 

A mother who stole £75,000 from a family firm almost causing it’s collapse has been ordered to refund the company. 

Dianne Polson of Hampton Hargate, Peterborough was jailed for 40 months in August 2019 having admitted using her admin role at Canopy UK Direct Limited to fraudulently refund money onto her bank card. 

Polson said she used the money to pay for living expenses as well as fund her online gambling habit.  

The 45-year-old’s deception was uncovered by an auditor who examined the company’s accounts and noticed a suspicious number of customer refunds over a three-year period. 

Polson issued the refunds using customer names to her own bank card.

Judge Sean Enright made a Proceeds of Crime Act ruling this week against Polson during a hearing at Peterborough Crown Court. 

He ruled Polson must repay £2,595 from her available funds within the next 12 weeks. 

The rest of the debt will remain owed by Polson indefinitely until it is repaid in full.  

Following her arrest, Polson told police she was struggling financially, but stressed she had not purchased anything extravagant with hte cash. 

Peterborough Crown Court, pictured, ordered Polson to refund the company starting with £2

Peterborough Crown Court, pictured, ordered Polson to refund the company starting with £2

Peterborough Crown Court, pictured, ordered Polson to refund the company starting with £2

After she was jailed, specialist financial investigators from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit continued to determine Polson’s ‘ill-gotten gains’. 

DC Robin Gray said: ‘This POCA hearing today helps again highlight that crime doesn’t pay and has made sure that Polson has begun to be stripped of the profit she made from her deception.

‘Polson had absolutely no consideration for others as she stole from her own employer. Her actions caused her colleagues a lot of distress and nearly caused the business to close completely.’

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