Teacher who stole nearly £60,000-worth of gift cards and trips intended for troubled kids told to repay just £1

The Sun is reporting that on a former teacher who spent over £56,000 of gift cards and trips that were due to go towards children with depression and other mental health issues. 

Sharon May, 45, admitted taking the government money which was intended to go towards kids with depression and other issues.

The Targeting Mental Health in Schools initiative allows teachers to reward kids with mental health issues in the form of gift cards and holidays. But instead of passing on the prizes to deserving children, May spent £56,978-worth of treats on herself and her friends between May 2010 and December 2014.

 The vast majority of the money was spent on shopping trips to the Trafford Centre in Manchester. She also booked hotels and stays at Centre Parcs for her and her unknowing pals, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Judge Henshell said: “The offences that you committed were significant breaches of trust and you got away with it because people trusted you, it’s as simple as that.”

May is liable for the full £56,978 for the rest of her life. If she comes into enough money to repay the debt authorities could come after it.

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