A Stamford woman who stole thousands of pounds from her employers to repay her debts has avoided a jail sentence – as long as she repays the cash.
Toni Ayto, 23, of Edinburgh Road, stole more than £8,000 from bookmakers Ladbrokes in Peterborough, when she worked as a customer service manager.
On Monday Ayto appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court, where she was given a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to pay back the £8,054 she had stolen.
She had pleaded guilty to theft by an employee at a previous hearing. The thefts occurred over a six-month period.
Claire McGlynn, prosecuting, said: “She was involved in the operation of a number of shops in Peterborough.
“She would create false records on computers in five shops and take money.
“An investigation took place when it was noted the money was missing, and she admitted her offending when questioned.
“She said she knew it was wrong, but it had got out of hand.”
Clair Thornley, for Ayto, said she was a woman of good character who was unlikely to appear before the courts again.
She said: “She is very ashamed of her actions. She has told her partner but not her family.
“She has problems with debts after the break-up of her marriage.
“But she has not tried to hide away from her actions, and wants to pay all the money back.”
Miss Thornley said Ayto had lost her job at Ladbrokes, which she had held for three years, as a result.
She was now seeking advice on how to tackle her debts.
District Judge Ken Sheraton said the crime was a “breach of trust” and said Ayto should appear at the court in three months, where he expected “a large dent” to have been made in the money Ayto owed to Labrokes.
Ayto was also ordered to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.