Company secretary stole £72,000 from bosses

Jane Henderson was jailed for 20 months

Jane Henderson was jailed for 20 months

First published in Crime Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Court Reporter

A COMPANY secretary repaid the trust of directors who had loaned her thousands of pounds to pay off debts by stealing more than £72,000 from them.

In a calculated fraud, Jane Henderson systematically stole from two Hampshire firms where she was responsible for the payroll and dealing with invoices and which gave her signing rights to company cheques and credit cards.

But for about two years she falsified invoices and the hours staff worked and wrote out cheques to cash.

It also led to the two New Forest firms – Langley Civil Engineering and Tubeline Scaffolding – paying out higher National Insurance contributions.

Henderson, 52, cruelly deceived Langley Civil Engineering director Darren Langley and Tubeline Scaffolding director Peter Potter when they had given her considerable help by loaning her £9,000 to pay off credit cards and £1,500 debts run up by her son, Alex, said prosecutor Siobhan Linsley.

Her dishonesty came to light when Mr Langley learned she had paid a parking fine with the company’s credit card, and decided to sack her.

He asked whether she had taken anything else but she denied doing so. However, she later told him she had taken £30,000-£40,000 from his firm.

She handed herself into police and in interview made full admission, the barrister added.

“She said she had been doing it for her son because he had a drug addiction and she was frightened of him if she didn’t give him the money.”

Ms Linsley then referred to the police statement of Mr Langley who said the fraud had caused him considerable stress and anxiety.

He said: “Jane Henderson was someone I had known for 20 years and trusted.

Through her actions a business that I have struggled and worked hard to establish nearly went bust. I have considered jacking it all in. I have not done so because of the impact it would have on the people I employ, the local community and my daughter. The whole thing has put a lot of pressure on me.

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I cannot forgive Jane.”

Mr Potter told police she had taken 50 per cent of Tubeline’s profits for 2011 and consequently he had been forced to lay off a member of staff.

Henderson, of Mintys Hill, Whitsbury, admitted 13 counts of theft and fraud.

Jailing her for 20 months, Judge Peter Henry said: “You were in a position with a high degree of trust. Not only that, it is clear these two directors had gone out of their way to help you in your financial difficulties.

This was a slap in the face to those trying to help you."

In mitigation, Richard Onslow said: “There is no evidence of high living, money being splashed out on champagne, cars or hats for Ascot. All the money went to her wastrel son, Alex, with his drug habit and with debts to dealers. She gave him money – a mother’s love, I suppose.”

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12:24pm Tue 26 Jun 12

bigfella777 says...

A funny way to show love for someone,supplying them with drugs.
A funny way to show love for someone,supplying them with drugs. bigfella777
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1:31pm Tue 26 Jun 12

CEH393 says...

So that's it? 20 months in jail? She will Probably be out within a year for "good behaviour" so does she not have to pay any money back? they should send the balifts round and asset strip her house!!! Wrong isn't it!
So that's it? 20 months in jail? She will Probably be out within a year for "good behaviour" so does she not have to pay any money back? they should send the balifts round and asset strip her house!!! Wrong isn't it! CEH393
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2:51pm Tue 26 Jun 12

rich the stitch says...

20 months, out in 10 (possibly sooner with a tag) = £7,200 a month, tax free. Happy days.
20 months, out in 10 (possibly sooner with a tag) = £7,200 a month, tax free. Happy days. rich the stitch
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3:38pm Tue 26 Jun 12

Over the Edge says...

CEH393 wrote:
So that's it? 20 months in jail? She will Probably be out within a year for "good behaviour" so does she not have to pay any money back? they should send the balifts round and asset strip her house!!! Wrong isn't it!
I wish people would learn the sentencing law in the UK.

Prison sentences handed down by are unless in specific served like this.

Half the sentence is in prison half the sentence in the community.

This lady will do 10 behind bars, end of, most of that will served in a D category open prison, she may even get tagged and released early, she is not a threat to society in the eyes of the law.

You stripping this lady of her house, she lives in council accommodation and sending in the bailiffs, they court can only take the proceeds of crimes, the CPS have to prove items purchased are done so using (in this case) stolen money, which is clearly not the case.
[quote][p][bold]CEH393[/bold] wrote: So that's it? 20 months in jail? She will Probably be out within a year for "good behaviour" so does she not have to pay any money back? they should send the balifts round and asset strip her house!!! Wrong isn't it![/p][/quote]I wish people would learn the sentencing law in the UK. Prison sentences handed down by are unless in specific served like this. Half the sentence is in prison half the sentence in the community. This lady will do 10 behind bars, end of, most of that will served in a D category open prison, she may even get tagged and released early, she is not a threat to society in the eyes of the law. You stripping this lady of her house, she lives in council accommodation and sending in the bailiffs, they court can only take the proceeds of crimes, the CPS have to prove items purchased are done so using (in this case) stolen money, which is clearly not the case. Over the Edge
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3:53pm Tue 26 Jun 12

TEBOURBA says...

And they say crime doesn't pay --- well in the UK it does -- what a despicable woman!
And they say crime doesn't pay --- well in the UK it does -- what a despicable woman! TEBOURBA
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5:21pm Tue 26 Jun 12

CEH393 says...

Over the Edge wrote:
CEH393 wrote:
So that's it? 20 months in jail? She will Probably be out within a year for "good behaviour" so does she not have to pay any money back? they should send the balifts round and asset strip her house!!! Wrong isn't it!
I wish people would learn the sentencing law in the UK.

Prison sentences handed down by are unless in specific served like this.

Half the sentence is in prison half the sentence in the community.

This lady will do 10 behind bars, end of, most of that will served in a D category open prison, she may even get tagged and released early, she is not a threat to society in the eyes of the law.

You stripping this lady of her house, she lives in council accommodation and sending in the bailiffs, they court can only take the proceeds of crimes, the CPS have to prove items purchased are done so using (in this case) stolen money, which is clearly not the case.
So how would you feel if you worked hard and built up a company only to find funds were stolen in this fashion? You are going in like it is ok to steel from people and companies! I do not care what you or any other person thinks, she has made one person redundant and she has almost bankrupt one of the companies, she will not pay any of the money back by the look of it. Its robbery without a weapon! I think a lot of normal thinking people agree with me on this as well. And as far as they can only take the proceedes from a crime, she is a criminal that stole money! She should loose her rights to her possessions being protected! Why is it ok for somebody to steal somebody else's property and there's Is safe? It's wrong in the highest category of the word!!!
[quote][p][bold]Over the Edge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CEH393[/bold] wrote: So that's it? 20 months in jail? She will Probably be out within a year for "good behaviour" so does she not have to pay any money back? they should send the balifts round and asset strip her house!!! Wrong isn't it![/p][/quote]I wish people would learn the sentencing law in the UK. Prison sentences handed down by are unless in specific served like this. Half the sentence is in prison half the sentence in the community. This lady will do 10 behind bars, end of, most of that will served in a D category open prison, she may even get tagged and released early, she is not a threat to society in the eyes of the law. You stripping this lady of her house, she lives in council accommodation and sending in the bailiffs, they court can only take the proceeds of crimes, the CPS have to prove items purchased are done so using (in this case) stolen money, which is clearly not the case.[/p][/quote]So how would you feel if you worked hard and built up a company only to find funds were stolen in this fashion? You are going in like it is ok to steel from people and companies! I do not care what you or any other person thinks, she has made one person redundant and she has almost bankrupt one of the companies, she will not pay any of the money back by the look of it. Its robbery without a weapon! I think a lot of normal thinking people agree with me on this as well. And as far as they can only take the proceedes from a crime, she is a criminal that stole money! She should loose her rights to her possessions being protected! Why is it ok for somebody to steal somebody else's property and there's Is safe? It's wrong in the highest category of the word!!! CEH393
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7:32pm Tue 26 Jun 12

Over the Edge says...

CEH393 wrote:
Over the Edge wrote:
CEH393 wrote:
So that's it? 20 months in jail? She will Probably be out within a year for "good behaviour" so does she not have to pay any money back? they should send the balifts round and asset strip her house!!! Wrong isn't it!
I wish people would learn the sentencing law in the UK.

Prison sentences handed down by are unless in specific served like this.

Half the sentence is in prison half the sentence in the community.

This lady will do 10 behind bars, end of, most of that will served in a D category open prison, she may even get tagged and released early, she is not a threat to society in the eyes of the law.

You stripping this lady of her house, she lives in council accommodation and sending in the bailiffs, they court can only take the proceeds of crimes, the CPS have to prove items purchased are done so using (in this case) stolen money, which is clearly not the case.
So how would you feel if you worked hard and built up a company only to find funds were stolen in this fashion? You are going in like it is ok to steel from people and companies! I do not care what you or any other person thinks, she has made one person redundant and she has almost bankrupt one of the companies, she will not pay any of the money back by the look of it. Its robbery without a weapon! I think a lot of normal thinking people agree with me on this as well. And as far as they can only take the proceedes from a crime, she is a criminal that stole money! She should loose her rights to her possessions being protected! Why is it ok for somebody to steal somebody else's property and there's Is safe? It's wrong in the highest category of the word!!!
I was not defending the woman, no way whatsoever, I was simply pointing out the sentencing policy in the UK and the law regarding the proceeds of crime, out to you.

Not once did I say she shouldn't be in jail, you said one person was made redundant from Tubelines, that person was this ladies other son, pretty rough on the innocent employee (her decent son), this thief has no assets at all she has been made to pay £5 back, she lived in a council property, if she had owned her own house the courts would have forced her to sell it and pay the companies back, but she doesn't, you cannot take what people don't have.

It is not nor will it ever be ok to steal, I wasn't saying it was.

10 months in a open prison that is more like stately home than a jail, is what awaits the thief, keys to own room and visits to the local town during the day.

No its not right, the punishment does not the crime, £7,200 per month and living like a queen, nice work if you can get it.
[quote][p][bold]CEH393[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Over the Edge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CEH393[/bold] wrote: So that's it? 20 months in jail? She will Probably be out within a year for "good behaviour" so does she not have to pay any money back? they should send the balifts round and asset strip her house!!! Wrong isn't it![/p][/quote]I wish people would learn the sentencing law in the UK. Prison sentences handed down by are unless in specific served like this. Half the sentence is in prison half the sentence in the community. This lady will do 10 behind bars, end of, most of that will served in a D category open prison, she may even get tagged and released early, she is not a threat to society in the eyes of the law. You stripping this lady of her house, she lives in council accommodation and sending in the bailiffs, they court can only take the proceeds of crimes, the CPS have to prove items purchased are done so using (in this case) stolen money, which is clearly not the case.[/p][/quote]So how would you feel if you worked hard and built up a company only to find funds were stolen in this fashion? You are going in like it is ok to steel from people and companies! I do not care what you or any other person thinks, she has made one person redundant and she has almost bankrupt one of the companies, she will not pay any of the money back by the look of it. Its robbery without a weapon! I think a lot of normal thinking people agree with me on this as well. And as far as they can only take the proceedes from a crime, she is a criminal that stole money! She should loose her rights to her possessions being protected! Why is it ok for somebody to steal somebody else's property and there's Is safe? It's wrong in the highest category of the word!!![/p][/quote]I was not defending the woman, no way whatsoever, I was simply pointing out the sentencing policy in the UK and the law regarding the proceeds of crime, out to you. Not once did I say she shouldn't be in jail, you said one person was made redundant from Tubelines, that person was this ladies other son, pretty rough on the innocent employee (her decent son), this thief has no assets at all she has been made to pay £5 back, she lived in a council property, if she had owned her own house the courts would have forced her to sell it and pay the companies back, but she doesn't, you cannot take what people don't have. It is not nor will it ever be ok to steal, I wasn't saying it was. 10 months in a open prison that is more like stately home than a jail, is what awaits the thief, keys to own room and visits to the local town during the day. No its not right, the punishment does not the crime, £7,200 per month and living like a queen, nice work if you can get it. Over the Edge
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8:58pm Tue 26 Jun 12

CEH393 says...

Over the Edge wrote:
CEH393 wrote:
Over the Edge wrote:
CEH393 wrote:
So that's it? 20 months in jail? She will Probably be out within a year for "good behaviour" so does she not have to pay any money back? they should send the balifts round and asset strip her house!!! Wrong isn't it!
I wish people would learn the sentencing law in the UK.

Prison sentences handed down by are unless in specific served like this.

Half the sentence is in prison half the sentence in the community.

This lady will do 10 behind bars, end of, most of that will served in a D category open prison, she may even get tagged and released early, she is not a threat to society in the eyes of the law.

You stripping this lady of her house, she lives in council accommodation and sending in the bailiffs, they court can only take the proceeds of crimes, the CPS have to prove items purchased are done so using (in this case) stolen money, which is clearly not the case.
So how would you feel if you worked hard and built up a company only to find funds were stolen in this fashion? You are going in like it is ok to steel from people and companies! I do not care what you or any other person thinks, she has made one person redundant and she has almost bankrupt one of the companies, she will not pay any of the money back by the look of it. Its robbery without a weapon! I think a lot of normal thinking people agree with me on this as well. And as far as they can only take the proceedes from a crime, she is a criminal that stole money! She should loose her rights to her possessions being protected! Why is it ok for somebody to steal somebody else's property and there's Is safe? It's wrong in the highest category of the word!!!
I was not defending the woman, no way whatsoever, I was simply pointing out the sentencing policy in the UK and the law regarding the proceeds of crime, out to you.

Not once did I say she shouldn't be in jail, you said one person was made redundant from Tubelines, that person was this ladies other son, pretty rough on the innocent employee (her decent son), this thief has no assets at all she has been made to pay £5 back, she lived in a council property, if she had owned her own house the courts would have forced her to sell it and pay the companies back, but she doesn't, you cannot take what people don't have.

It is not nor will it ever be ok to steal, I wasn't saying it was.

10 months in a open prison that is more like stately home than a jail, is what awaits the thief, keys to own room and visits to the local town during the day.

No its not right, the punishment does not the crime, £7,200 per month and living like a queen, nice work if you can get it.
It certainly encourages crime :-( and us innocent people loose out every time.
[quote][p][bold]Over the Edge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CEH393[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Over the Edge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CEH393[/bold] wrote: So that's it? 20 months in jail? She will Probably be out within a year for "good behaviour" so does she not have to pay any money back? they should send the balifts round and asset strip her house!!! Wrong isn't it![/p][/quote]I wish people would learn the sentencing law in the UK. Prison sentences handed down by are unless in specific served like this. Half the sentence is in prison half the sentence in the community. This lady will do 10 behind bars, end of, most of that will served in a D category open prison, she may even get tagged and released early, she is not a threat to society in the eyes of the law. You stripping this lady of her house, she lives in council accommodation and sending in the bailiffs, they court can only take the proceeds of crimes, the CPS have to prove items purchased are done so using (in this case) stolen money, which is clearly not the case.[/p][/quote]So how would you feel if you worked hard and built up a company only to find funds were stolen in this fashion? You are going in like it is ok to steel from people and companies! I do not care what you or any other person thinks, she has made one person redundant and she has almost bankrupt one of the companies, she will not pay any of the money back by the look of it. Its robbery without a weapon! I think a lot of normal thinking people agree with me on this as well. And as far as they can only take the proceedes from a crime, she is a criminal that stole money! She should loose her rights to her possessions being protected! Why is it ok for somebody to steal somebody else's property and there's Is safe? It's wrong in the highest category of the word!!![/p][/quote]I was not defending the woman, no way whatsoever, I was simply pointing out the sentencing policy in the UK and the law regarding the proceeds of crime, out to you. Not once did I say she shouldn't be in jail, you said one person was made redundant from Tubelines, that person was this ladies other son, pretty rough on the innocent employee (her decent son), this thief has no assets at all she has been made to pay £5 back, she lived in a council property, if she had owned her own house the courts would have forced her to sell it and pay the companies back, but she doesn't, you cannot take what people don't have. It is not nor will it ever be ok to steal, I wasn't saying it was. 10 months in a open prison that is more like stately home than a jail, is what awaits the thief, keys to own room and visits to the local town during the day. No its not right, the punishment does not the crime, £7,200 per month and living like a queen, nice work if you can get it.[/p][/quote]It certainly encourages crime :-( and us innocent people loose out every time. CEH393
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12:27pm Wed 27 Jun 12

cliffwalker says...

This seems like a rather light sentence for a serious breach of trust causing considerable damage. Compare it with 3 years for some stupid comments posted on Facebook which caused no damage whatsoever.
This seems like a rather light sentence for a serious breach of trust causing considerable damage. Compare it with 3 years for some stupid comments posted on Facebook which caused no damage whatsoever. cliffwalker
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9:00pm Wed 27 Jun 12

2 Sides To Every Story says...

This appears to be a very biased report which has been sensationalized to entice readers and reaction. If any of you knew the true tragedy behind this crime, you might react differently. Remember there are two sides to every story and appreciate how lucky you are..........
This appears to be a very biased report which has been sensationalized to entice readers and reaction. If any of you knew the true tragedy behind this crime, you might react differently. Remember there are two sides to every story and appreciate how lucky you are.......... 2 Sides To Every Story
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11:55am Thu 28 Jun 12

cornish65 says...

£72K over 2 years= £3K a month, her son should be easy to identify, with that much Charlie going up his nose it must look like a broken cat flap
£72K over 2 years= £3K a month, her son should be easy to identify, with that much Charlie going up his nose it must look like a broken cat flap cornish65
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