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Sandra Norris must repay £14,000 of £131,000 Asda fraud
9:31am Thursday 9th February 2012 in New Forest
AN office worker, who ripped off her employers for more than £100,000, has been ordered to pay just a fraction of the cash.
Sandra Norris, 58, defrauded Asda by altering shopping vouchers and helping herself to the cash, which in part she used to buy goods from a television shopping channel.
Norris, who had worked for the superstore’s Totton branch for 20 years, changed vouchers used by shoppers to pay for their shopping.
Southampton Crown Court heard in October how she would sometimes double their value and take the difference in cash. It was her job to empty tills, cash up and then input the sums in the store computer system.
She was arrested following an in-house investigation about discrepancies in the store’s accounts whenever she was working. Police were informed and raided her home where they seized “an Aladdin’s Cave” of almost £80,000 in vouchers, some £6,600 in money and piles of unopened goods including perfume, alcohol, jewellery and clothing.
Norris, of Sutton Road, Totton, admitted one charge of theft of £700 and one of fraud by abusing her position of trust. She was jailed for 28 months.
She returned to the court for a confiscation hearing when Judge Peter Ralls QC heard she had benefited by £131,670 through her criminal conduct but her realisable assets stood at £14,394, which included goods to the value of £5,000 she had bought from the shopping channel.
The judge ordered her to pay that amount with ten months in default.