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Asda payroll fraud stole £31,000 from Greenhithe store then paid nearly £6,000 to her son by posing as former employee

PUBLISHED: 15:21 14 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:38 14 September 2017

Janette Norman

Janette Norman

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Janette Norman was jailed on Wednesday, September 13

A fraudster who stole thousands from a Greenhithe supermarket has been jailed for two years.

Janette Norman, of Chaucer Way in Dartford, was working as the payroll clerk for the Asda store in Crossways Boulevard, when she began paying herself extra wages.

By reactivating an account of a former employee, Norman managed to pay herself an £31,008 between November 2013 and November 2015, claiming the cash as missed breaks, extra hours or public holiday pay.

Her son, Christopher Norman, 28, of Attlee Drive in Dartford, was working at the same store at the time and was paid an extra £5,937, by Norman.

The 51-year-old’s crimes came to light after an investigation from the company’s headquarters.

She would later plead guilty to two counts of fraud, while her son was found guilty of money laundering and received a nine month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.

He was also ordered to pay £2,600 in costs.

Det sgt James Mellett was the investigating officer on the case.

He said: “Norman thought she could get away with paying herself extra wages as a way to repay debts she had accumulated and did not expect to get caught and was indeed confident that she could get away with her actions.

“Not only has her behaviour resulted in a jail term but her relationship with the son has been negatively affected as well.

“I hope her sentence helps her to realise the extent of her actions and that she can leave prison on a better path.”

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