A WOMAN who stole from her employer and made fraudulent claims has been ordered to pay back £131,444 from her ill-gotten gains.
A Confiscation Order was made at Stafford Crown Court yesterday, 11 October, against Fiona Ann Slym, aged 49, of Eagle Close, Walsall.
Slym was convicted in February 2017 of theft offences against her former employer Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership Trust (SSOTPT).
She obtained the money by cashing cheques herself for funds that had not been requested; money which had come from the NHS.
Her responsibilities at the SSOTPT included taking care of payments for extra care, funeral costs and bills on behalf of vulnerable adults, unable to manage their own finances.
In April 2017 she was further convicted of making fraudulent claims against the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP).
She was sentenced to three years and six months in prison in May 2017 .
Proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 were commenced following conviction, which resulted in the confiscation hearing yesterday.
The court heard that Slym had benefited to the tune of £192,272 from criminal acts. The Confiscation Order was made against her available assets in the amount of £131,444. From this, compensation was also ordered to be paid to the DWP and the SSOTPT.
Slym has been given three months to pay and faces a further three years imprisonment if she defaults on the payment.
Detective Inspector Robert Harvmann said: “Staffordshire Police financial investigators are focused on ensuring that crime does not pay and we will recover proceeds of crime wherever possible. Securing compensation for victims is a vital part of this work.
“If an order is not paid, further imprisonment is likely but the Order still has to be paid.”