Former business manager admits stealing cheques worth £14,599 from Northampton primary school

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A former business manager at a Northampton school has pleaded guilty to stealing more than £14,000 worth of cheques from her employers over a three year period.

Janet Wheeler, 51, of Chatsworth Avenue, Northampton, admitted two counts of theft and one of false accounting at a hearing at Northampton Crown Court yesterday.

The Crown Prosecution Service had charged the former Simon de Senlis School employee with stealing cheques to the value of £22,063 between March 1, 2009 and December 7 2012.

However when the charge was read to her by the court clerk, Wheeler only pleaded guilty to stealing £14,599 in cheques.

A Newton hearing will be held on October 20 so prosecution and defence teams can settle the disputed facts of the case.

Along with the theft of cheques, Wheeler admitted creating duplicate invoices, falsified documents and spreadsheets, in a bid to balance the books of the school as well as taking more than £1,100 of petty cash from a school bank account.

Wheeler will appear at Northampton Crown Court on Monday, October 20, for the Newton hearing.

Recorder Ian Dove told the former business manager that she will also be sentenced on that date.