Suffolk

PA stole from JP Morgan to pay for friend's breast op

A personal assistant who stole from her employers to pay for a friend's £3,500 breast enhancement operation has been ordered to carry out community work.

Emily McMillan, 28, of Sudbury, Suffolk, used corporate credit cards belonging to senior executives at global financial firm JP Morgan.

The Old Bailey heard she also took money to pay for a holiday and to make a repayment on her brother's mortgage.

She admitted four counts of fraud and one of theft.

The court heard she began stealing after she fell into debt through taking drugs supplied by a colleague.

McMillan had access to corporate credit cards to make travel and other arrangements on behalf of senior staff.

'Cosmetic procedure'

She was caught following a routine audit and admitted the fraud and one count of theft, totalling £10,633.

Charles Evans, prosecuting, said the fraud began when she paid £3,000 towards the mortgage on her brother's house where she was staying.

There were then two further payments on different cards towards a "cosmetic procedure" for a friend in order to pay off a debt to the friend.

Judge Brian Barker, the Common Serjeant of London, said the "breach of trust" would normally result in jail but he would make a "rare" exception.

The court heard McMillan had no previous convictions, was free of drugs and was carrying out voluntary work to help others with drug problems.

She was ordered to undergo a six-month drug rehabilitation requirement and put under supervision for 18 months.

She was also told she must carry out 100 hours of unpaid community work and repay the outstanding £4,634.88 owed to JP Morgan.

A spokesman for JP Morgan said: "Any suggestion that Miss McMillan obtained drugs from a contact within JP Morgan is unfounded."

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