Judge tells former Bentham Development Trust employee to expect prison sentence for stealing £100,000

The Westmorland Gazette: Bradford Crown Court Bradford Crown Court

A FORMER employee of the Bentham Development Trust has today been told to expect a prison sentence after she admitted stealing more than £100,000.

Anne Celia Yaman, 63, was charged with a series offences following a police inquiry into accounting irregularities which began in late 2011 and on Friday she pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, theft and false accounting covering a period from March 2008 to November 2011.

Yaman, who is currently on bail and living in Seaford, Sussex, admitted a specific offence of theft which relates to her stealing just over £101,000 from the trust between January 2009 and November 2011.

The three fraud offences she admitted involve cheques for further sums totalling more than £3,000 and Yaman also pleaded guilty to false accounting offences relating to the falsification of tax and national insurance documentation submitted to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs between March 2008 and April 2011.

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Prosecutor Anthony Dunne said Yaman's guilty pleas had been indicated well in advance of the hearing.

Bradford Crown Court heard that Yaman was due to go into hospital for a surgical procedure and her barrister Philip Wakeman requested a pre-sentence report on her behalf.

Judge Jonathan Rose adjourned Yaman's case until July 18 for sentence and granted her bail in the meantime.

But the judge told Yaman: ''I'm afraid I have to make this very clear to you however. The fact I'm adjourning for a report and granting you bail is not an indication as to sentence.

''This was a substantial period of offending with a very large amount of money and you must expect to receive a prison sentence when you return on July 18.''

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