South West Wales

Fraudster Jean Wilson spent stolen money on gastric band

Jean Wilson Image copyright Wales News Service

A managing director who stole more than £55,000 to pay for gastric band surgery and luxury holidays, has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Jean Wilson, 58, from Port Talbot, spent the money on the expensive operation to help her lose six stone (84kg), Cardiff Crown Court heard.

She supplied false invoices to Axcis Education Recruitment over five years.

Wilson pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position at the firm which recruited special needs teachers for schools.

The court heard the invoices were paid into her own bank.

She spent almost £10,000 on a luxury holiday to Singapore, Bali and Thailand in 2015.

During the two weeks, she drank cocktails at the famous Raffles hotel and stayed in a luxury suite at the five star Fullerton Hotel.

Dog grooming

Wilson also boasted about having her own butler while staying in Thailand where she visited temples and went on a elephant safari.

More than £9,000 was spent on a gastric band operation which left her unable to eat full meals.

Thousands of pounds went on grooming her dog, vet bills, a new boiler and other home improvements.

But Wilson was eventually caught and pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position.

The court was told she had been battling mental health problems including a bipolar disorder and depression.

Recorder of Cardiff Judge Eleri Rees said: There is no doubt this was one of the most serious breaches of trust.

"A custodial sentence is richly deserved. But I cannot ignore the fact there are significant mental health problems."

Wilson received a two-year prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.

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