Sunderland mum admits lifting £1,900 takings from gym where she worked

Xercise4less in Wayferer Road, Southwick.
Xercise4less in Wayferer Road, Southwick.
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A dishonest mum has admitted helping herself to £1,878 from her gym employer after being trusted with the company’s cash.

Amy Nelson, 30, pocketed the money belonging to Xercise4less in Southwick, where she worked as an operations manager, instead of taking it to the bank, Sunderland magistrates heard.

Before coming here today she was somebody of good character

Andrew Wigmore, defending

Prosecutor Angela Narey said Nelson’s role at the gym, in Wayferer Road, involved dealing with the accounts, as well as taking cash to the bank on Mondays and Thursdays.

The court heard she was a reliable employee apart from her “disorganised banking activities”, not always making it to the bank with the cash on the correct days.

She blamed this on not being able to drive.

Miss Narey said that when the company’s accounts department emailed Nelson on June 30 about the missing money, she did not deny taking it.

Nelson was given several chances to repay the money, both before and after the police became involved, but when she repeatedly failed to do so, she was prosecuted.

Nelson, of Rotherham Road, Red House, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to theft by employee between May 1 and July 1, this year.

Andrew Wigmore, defending, said Nelson, a mum-of-two, was in debt and had struggled to keep up repayments on her mortgage, payday loans and other credit commitments.

“Before coming here today she was somebody of good character,” Mr Wigmore said.

“She fully admitted this offence to her employers before they became fully aware of it.

“She has been alerted that there had been this irregular banking activity and, in an email, has told them what was going on.”

Nelson was given a 12-month conditional discharge, and was told to pay £1,878 in compensation, £85 costs and £15 surcharge, by weekly instalments of £5.