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Wedding spree fraudster must pay back £19k
1:00pm Friday 4th October 2013 in News
A FRAUDSTER and his wife who went on a spending spree ahead of their wedding have been ordered to repay around £19,000.
A proceeds of crime hearing was held at Oxford Crown Court yesterday in the case of one-time couple – from Coopers Lane, Abingdon – Arron and Rhianna Thomas.
Mr Thomas, 32, illegally transferred £100,000 into his then-girlfriend’s account in the run-up to their April 2011 wedding while working in accounts at Oxford builders’ merchant Grafton Merchanting.
He admitted five counts of fraud and three of transferring criminal property and was sentenced to 22 months in prison.
Mrs Thomas, 24, was found guilty of two charges of possessing stolen property after she received two fraudulent cheques worth £54,058.64. She was also convicted of transferring stolen property after she used some of the money to buy a Volvo C70 car costing £14,135.
But she was cleared of receiving two more cheques worth £45,187 and using stolen money to buy a £9,000 motorbike and pay for breast enlargement surgery for £4,250.
Yesterday during the hearing Mrs Thomas was found to have made a “benefit” of £58,308.64 from their actions, while her husband was found to have made £99,242.62. Robin Griffiths, representing the Crown Prosecution Service, said it had been agreed they had assets of £13,500 and £5,600 respectively.
They have now both been ordered to pay all that money as compensation to Grafton Merchanting. Mrs Thomas received a 15-month suspended prison sentence, 250 hours of unpaid work and £1,000 costs.