A FRAUDSTER has walked free from court after admitting a Rolex watch insurance scam.
Melanie Middleton was jailed in 2008 for stealing £205,000 from the building firm where she worked as an accounts manager.
The 47-year-old, of Thorntons Close, Chester-le-Street, was back in court yesterday after she admitted scamming £3,394 from insurers.
She reported losing a Rolex watch. Her solicitor claimed she had genuinely lost it, but failed to report it had been found again.
Middleton pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court to fraud between June and July 2009 relating to the insurance claim. She said she thought the watch was lost or stolen during a trip to the MetroCentre.
Andrew Finlay, defending, told the court: “It is failing to declare the watch she reported stolen had been found.”
Middleton was given a six-month prison sentence suspended for two years, with two years’ supervision.