A FORMER administrator has appeared in court after stealing hundreds of pounds from her employer.
Julie Kimberlin, 51, paid herself £735 after being informed by her boss that her contract was being terminated.
She pleaded guilty to the theft when she appeared before Kirklees magistrates yesterday.
Abdul Shakoor, prosecuting, said that Kimberlin started working for Huddersfield-based company Mr Electric on November 28.
She was employed as an administrator for the residential and commercial electrical contracting company, which is on Ray Street.
Mr Shakoor said: “Part of her role involved paying wages through the Sage account system.
“She was trained in this in her first week by the outgoing administrator.”
However, on December 12 the company’s director told Kimberlin that she was unsuitable for the role.
She was informed that her employment would cease at the end of the day.
Magistrates were told that Kimberlin, of Reeby Road in Bradford, worked for the company for two weeks and one day.
Her wages were £212 per week and this was paid into her account on December 8 and 16.
But it was discovered that Kimberlin paid herself hundreds of pounds extra on the last day of her job.
Mr Shakoor said: “On the defendant’s last day of her employment she paid herself £735 into her bank.
“This was not owed to her. This payment was noticed on January 10 and reported to police.”
The prosecutor said that a letter was sent to Kimberlin requesting that she paid back the cash, but she failed to do so.
When she was interviewed by police she said that she had been working for the firm for four weeks instead of two.
Kimberlin claimed she had not received any payment and that her boss had told her to pay herself for what she had worked.
The mum-of-three, who is now training to be a pharmacy technician, admitted the offence on the day she was due to stand trial.
Paul Normandale, defending, said that his client accepted she shouldn’t have taken the money without consent.
He said: “As a result of a personality clash she was asked to leave and this perhaps is at the root of the problems.
“She was disgusted by the behaviour of the employer and wrongly deducted the money.”
Magistrates gave Kimberlin a 12-month community order with 100 hours of unpaid work.
They also ordered her to pay £735 compensation and £500 court costs.