Nottingham

Woman jailed for theft from Long Eaton building society

A Derbyshire woman has been jailed after admitting stealing thousands of pounds from the building society where she worked.

Marilyn Scott, 55, of Riber Close, Long Eaton, worked as a customer service advisor for the Nottingham Building Society in the town.

She also stole from her elderly stepfather, who was ill with dementia.

Scott, who is estimated to have taken about £96,000, was jailed for two and a half years at Derby Crown Court.

At her trial in August, Derby Crown Court heard that between 2003 and 2008 she had stolen about £96,000 to pay off credit card debts she had built up from the late 1980s.

Scott stole £65,000 from her late stepfather who was in his 80s and had dementia.

She also took thousands more from nine vulnerable customers of the Nottingham Building Society in Long Eaton and £6,380 from the branch's safe.

'Foolish woman'

The judge, John Wait, accepted the money had not been used to fund a lavish lifestyle.

But he called Scott "a foolish woman", lacking in courage and morality in facing up to her debts.

The Nottingham Building Society said in a statement: "The safety and security of our members' funds is of paramount importance to us.

"We take all instances of financial crime extremely seriously and have strong internal controls in place.

"When those controls alerted us, we immediately investigated and then involved the police and other authorities in the investigation.

"None of our customers have suffered financially as a result of this theft of monies."

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