Angela Boote, 52, “repeatedly lied” as she tried to cover up her fraudulent activities and avoid going to court after stealing over £250,000 from a Liverpool insurance broker
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A savvy mum has stolen a quarter of a million pounds from her longtime employers to fund a lavish lifestyle of expensive holidays, clothes and jewellery.
Angela Boote, 52, “lied repeatedly” as she desperately tried to cover up her crimes and avoid being brought to justice.
But the network closed around the brazen criminal, who has been described as a trustworthy and popular employee and has worked for her company since 1994 Liverpool echo reports.
She was jailed for three years and four months after stealing a total of £255,854 through her role at Liverpool insurance brokers Griffiths and Armour.
Over the course of a few years, the mother diverted cash intended for clients to bank accounts associated with her and her family members.
Liverpool Crown Court heard earlier this week how Boote spent the money to fund a “lavish lifestyle” involving expensive holidays, clothes and jewellery.
Photos on her social media accounts, which are no longer public, show her, her husband and daughters in far flung places like Aruba in the Caribbean while she stole money for three years.
Sarah Griffin, prosecutor, also explained to the court how Boote took extensive steps to cover her tracks – and continued to try to defraud her colleagues as they began to uncover her fraud.
The suspicion was first raised in September 2020 when Boote was on vacation. A customer complained to the company that a refund of £224 he was supposed to receive hadn’t appeared in his account.
Boote’s manager began investigating the complaint and found that the bank details on the payment did not match those of the customer. She contacted HSBC, the bank that made the transfer, to find out who owned the account and copied Boote into the email.
At this point, Boote returned from holiday and contacted HSBC himself on a number of occasions, saying the issue was resolved. At every turn she tried to exclude her manager from the exchange without copying them into the emails.
At one point she even replied to HSBC, trying to make it look like her manager had been pasted in – but with a misspelled email address. Boote’s manager continued to question what had happened to the money, and Boote finally admitted that she had transferred it to her daughter’s account.
But even then, Boote continued to lie on the grounds that she must have entered her daughter’s data incorrectly because it was written on a piece of paper next to her and she wanted to send her money from her private account.
At that point, Boote’s manager reported the problem as a fatal error, and an investigation into Boote’s accounts began.
Eventually, 96 fraudulent payments were discovered and Boote was fired shortly thereafter. Recorder David Knifton QC said Boote’s crime was marked from the start by complex attempts to cover up her dishonesty, with false paper trails created to cover her tracks.
The court heard that Boote had repaid around £85,000 from an aunt’s inheritance and was being pursued by civil courts over more money. Lionel Greig, defending himself, said Boote knew she had let herself and her family down and deeply regretted her actions.
She will serve 20 months of her sentence before being released under license.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mum-spun-web-lies-hide-26622824 Mum has spun a web of lies to hide a £250,000 theft from a company she worked for for almost 30 years