The Mail is reporting that a former headteacher and his office manager “narrowly avoided detention” after they used the school credit card to fund their own purchases.
Office manager Yvonne Pucknell and ex-head Robert Juniper were only caught out after the school’s credit card bills raised eyebrows – including booze bought for a breakfast club.
Outrageously, Pucknell had even used the card for pet food – despite the primary school having no animals.
The 62-year-old mother had also bought toys, a PlayStation, fuel bills and a hotel stay, totalling more than £9,600 – while now sacked Juniper pinched an estimated £4,000 from the school coffers.
Pucknell also amended the school accounts to claim library books had been bought through Amazon.
And Juniper helped himself to cash as a ‘free’ loan intending to repay it, Canterbury Crown Court heard.
But the 57-year-old disputed the £4,228 the prosecution said he took, and claimed it was £651.
The pair were handed suspended jail sentences and ordered to carry out community work.
Prosecutor Adam Wolstenholme said they had admitted ‘fraud by abuse of position’ while working at the school in Ashford, Kent between January 2011 and April 2013…
The scam was only discovered when Juniper’s successor queried accounts which had been officially audited, and found a discrepancy in the figures…
Another case of a school just not having adequate checks and balances in place when it comes to people having authority over money?
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