Wife and husband jailed for £90,000 theft from Luton Airport

07/03/2012

A wife stole £90,000 from her employers while working at Luton Airport and her husband "laundered" £30,000 of it through his bank account.

Janine Tempest-Reynalds was a trusted employee working with handling agents Servisair. Her role as a supervisor with the company meant she was often on the front desk and handling large sums of money.

As a result, Luton Crown Court heard on Monday, 05 March 2012, that she used her position to steal sums of money and covered her tracks by falcifying accounting records.

Over a three and a half year period, she regularly stole sums of money and her husband, Oliver, paid around £30,000 of it into his bank account.

Judge David Farrell QC, hearing the case, was told that the wife's activities were discovered when she was forced to go on sick leave. She was unable to continue to falcify accounting records and it was then that a gaping financial hole was discovered.

In the dock, the 31-year-old wife sobbed uncontrollably as she pleaded guilty to theft and false accounting. Next to her, her 29-year-old husband admitted a charge of converting criminal property.

Kevin Barry, for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said she stole sums of money ranging from a few hundred pounds at a time to thousands.

The court was told that it was in August 2009 that the wife was forced to take time off work after suffering a fall and her secret was revealed.

Judge Farrell was told her offending could have begun after she discovered that money was missing from the company and fearing she would get the blame covered up the loss by falcifying the accounts. However, she was soon using her knowledge of the system to steal money for herself.

The court heard that the couple, although still married, have now split up and have new partners.

Janine is living in Pond Close, Wimblington in Cambridgeshire and Oliver's address was given as Great North Road, Eaton Socon, St Neots.

At the time of the wife's offending, her husband had been addicted to gambling and Judge Farrell was told she may have been trying to make up the funds he was using.

The wife was jailed for 2-years and her husband for 12-months.

Judge Farrell told the wife: "There is no evidence of a luxurious lifestyle, but it was used by you and part of it, I have no doubt, was used to supplement your husband's gambling addiction."

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