A trusted worker stole up to £120,000 from her company.
Vicky Knott had worked for Huddersfield-based firm Trojan Plastics for 11 years and was a highly regarded member of staff.
But the 39-year-old abused her position of trust as a wages clerk and stole tens of thousands of pounds over three years.
Knott, of Long Lane in Clayton West, yesterday appeared at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court where she pleaded guilty to 12 charges of fraud by abuse of position.
She faces sentencing at crown court next month.
David Mosley, managing director of the Milnsbridge-based bath manufacturer, described the money taken as significant.
He described how he and the rest of the staff felt greatly let down by Knott, who had been a trusted employee.
Mr Mosley told the Examiner: “I have taken this entire situation very personally. Vicky was a valued member of staff and considered proactive and helpful.
“It is a significant amount of money that has been stolen. There has been a complete abuse of trust.”
The court heard that the Knott stole up to £120,000 from the Britannia Road business between January 2012 and May 2015.
As wages clerk and, as such expected to safeguard the firm’s financial interests, Knott committed fraud by abusing that position to make a gain for herself.
Prosecutor Bill Astin said Knott transferred money from the company’s bank account into her own.
The amounts she stole on different dates over three years ranged from £2,500 to over £14,000.
Mr Mosley told the Examiner that Knott gained cash by creating additional invoices for services that had been received.
Employees also continued to appear on the payroll after they had left.
Knott started work at the company in June 2005 as a payroll and personnel administrator.
She was promoted following changes in senior management between 2010 and 2012.
Mr Mosley said: “There was an opportunity to offer some existing, loyal members of staff more responsibilities. Vicky was one member of staff entrusted with more responsibilities.”
Knott resigned prior to any disciplinary action but was arrested soon afterwards.
District Judge David Scanlon sent the case to Leeds Crown Court.
Knott will be sentenced there by a judge on May 12 and unconditional bail was granted.
Trojan is a family business and employs up to 180 people.
Mr Mosley said: “These people in turn support and provide for their families.
“Fraud can send companies under and had Vicky not been discovered she would have continued with absolutely no thoughts of consequence for anyone else including each and every employee.
“ This substantial financial gain has been achieved by fraud and a complete abuse of trust empowered to Vicky. She has been clever but there’s nothing clever about abusing trust.”