Mum stole £136k from vulnerable clients to pay for wedding and holidays

A FRAUDSTER swindled £136,000 from her employer and spent it on her wedding, trips abroad and designer clothes.

Sarah Aikenhead’s theft from a solicitors’ firm included tens of thousands of pounds which belonged to a client suffering from dementia.

The mum of one, 37, blew £12,000 on a wedding venue and thousands more on luxuries, Manchester’s Minshull Street crown court heard.

Prosecutor Wayne Jackson said: “She used £12,000 towards a wedding venue and spent significant amounts of money on clothing and luxury items.

"It was certainly possible that at one stage the business might go under.”

Judge Tina Landale said: “You were a highly valued and trusted member of staff.

“You had access to passwords and bank accounts for clients.

"You plundered the account of a highly vulnerable client of the firm.

“The consequences have been devastating.”

Aikenhead, of Sale, Gtr Manchester, admitted fraud and was jailed for three years, four months.

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