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School manager fraudster ordered to pay £171,000

PUBLISHED: 15:12 05 November 2012

Sandra Ross

Sandra Ross

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A former school business manager who committed fraud faces an extra two and a half years to her current three year jail sentence if she doesn't pay £171,000 back within six months.

Sandra Ross, 64, of Stone Croft, Meopham, was found guilty of fraud and sentenced on October 26.

Ross was previously employed at Temple Mill Primary School, Strood.

She was arrested on 9 March 2011 after Medway Council carried out an internal audit of the school’s bank accounts which identified a number of transactions which were not normal payments.

Investigators from Kent Police discovered that Ross had been responsible for unauthorised transactions dating back to 2005, including a deposit for a Mercedes Benz, a laptop, clothing and furniture.

Payments, which totalled £212,166, also included personal decorating services, stone masonry, a skip hire company and payments to BUPA and Age Concern for family members.

Ross was charged on 11 October 2011 and pleaded guilty to 23 counts of fraud against her employer.

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