Woman who stole £22,000 told to hand over assets

Former receptionist told to hand over assets
Former receptionist told to hand over assets
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A woman who paid for designer clothes and shoes from the £22,000 she stole while working at a holiday park has been ordered to hand over her only assets.

Claire Ashworth, 21, worked as a receptionist at Center Parcs, in Elveden, where for nine months she used passwords allocated to senior employees to divert customers cash into her own bank account.

In May, Ashworth was jailed for 16 months at Ipswich Crown Court after pleading guilty to theft and acquiring criminal property.

On Wednesday, the same court heard that specialist financial investigators had established that Ashworth’s benefit from her offending amounted to £22,014 while she had available assets worth just £1,450.

Judge David Goodin ruled that Ashworth, who appeared in court via a video link from HMP Peterborough, should hand over the full £1,450 within the next six months or face an additional 30 days in jail.

The court heard that Ashworth owned a Vauxhall Astra car worth £1,000, an iPad worth £250 and a laptop computer worth £200.

Judge Goodin agreed to a request from defence barrister Jude Durr for personal photos stored on the laptop to be saved for Ashworth before the computer was sold by auction.