Woman jailed for stealing residents' funds - Leighton Buzzard

18/05/2012

A woman who stole funds paid by residents of flats in Leighton Buzzard for maintenance work has been jailed for two years.

Beverley Pullin volunteered herself as one of the directors of the Himley Green Residents Company, giving the misleading impression that she had accountancy skills.

But between 2004 and 2010 she stole £50,000 said Richard Germain for the Crown Prosecution Serviceat Luton Crown Court.

She forged signatures on cheques to make payments to herself, and then withdrew the cash, the court was told.

Pullin, 50, who lived at Himley Green with her disabled partner, had pleaded not guilty to theft, converting criminal property and fraud. But, she was convicted by a jury and appeared for sentence on Friday, 18 May 2012.

Mr. Germain said the purpose of the company was for residents of the flat to make annual contributions towards the general maintenance of the properties and location.

Judge Barbara Mensah told Pullin; "Your CV gave a misleading impression. You saw that you would easily be able to manipulate the situation and you knew your position would not be challenged.

"But, eventually an AGM was called because people could not see any evidence of work being done.

"You are a thoroughly dishonest fraudster, this was a gross breach of trust and you abused your position as director."

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