Glossop fraudster stole £80k from daycare centre

Rachel Murphy, 33, of Glossop. Photo contributed.
Rachel Murphy, 33, of Glossop. Photo contributed.

A Glossop woman who was jailed for stealing £80,000 from the children’s centre where worked, spent her ill-gotten gains on designer handbags and a horse, a court heard.

Rachel Murphy was sentenced to 16 months in prison in January for fraud by abusing her position as financial administrator at Gamesley Early Excellence Centre, on Winster Mews, between August 2010 and November 2012.

At a proceeds of crime hearing at Derby Crown Court on Thursday, Gary Woodhall, defending, said his client had spent £2,750 on designer handbags and sunglasses and had a £1,000 share of a horse.

The court heard that the police had seized £20 from Murphy, 33, of Kings Court, when she was arrested and £54.32 from her current account.

But, prosecutor David Allan insisted that her total assets remained unclear, as information was missing about her stake in a Glossop soft play centre, Rooney and Moo’s, on Surrey Street.

The business, of which Murphy owned half, was bought for £20,000 in 2012 and was sold last month.

Judge Jonathan Gosling adjourned the case to make a confiscation order on August 15.

Murphy’s fraudulent activity consisted of her paying herself higher wages each month than they should have been, making purchases on a company credit card and taking money rather than paying it into the company account.

The financial discrepancies were discovered and reported to management while she was on sick leave, by someone hired to cover her role.