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64-year-old Meopham woman jailed for fraud at primary school

PUBLISHED: 11:06 29 October 2012

Sandra Ross

Sandra Ross

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A former business manager at a Strood primary school has been jailed for three years after committing fraud of more than £200,000.

Sandra Ross, 64, of Stone Croft, Meopham, was arrested in March last year following a number of unauthorised payments from Temple Mill Primary School’s account.

Dating back to 2005, Ross had spent £212,166 using the school’s debit card on personal payments including her mother’s care home bills, a deposit for a new Mercedes Benz, a laptop, home decorating and BUPA membership.

In an attempt to hide what she was doing, every month she would amend data on the documents sent to the council.

She pleaded guilty to 23 counts of fraud following an investigation by Kent Police and Medway Council, and appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday (26) where she was sentenced.

Det Const Kim Jordan said: “Ross was in a position of trust, which she totally disregarded for her own financial gain and she made every effort to try to disguise her dishonesty from her colleagues, the head teacher and Medway Council.”


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