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Woman accused of theft from employer

PUBLISHED: 15:18 13 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:50 03 March 2010

A SUFFOLK woman accused of stealing from her employer stopped work shortly before the company's books were due to be checked after claiming her father had been kidnapped, a court has been told.

A SUFFOLK woman accused of stealing from her employer stopped work shortly before the company's books were due to be checked after claiming her father had been kidnapped, a court has been told.

Charlotte Madison who was employed as a book keeper by export company Global International Trading Limited, of Needham Market, told her boss that her father had been kidnapped in the Middle East while representing the American Government, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Paul Kentor, a director of Global International, told the court yesterday that he believed Madison and had told her to take off as much time as she needed.

Madison then made one further appearance at work before the company's books were checked and irregularities were discovered, said Louis Moll, prosecuting.

Madison, 38, of Norton Road, Woodbridge has denied stealing a fridge freezer from Global International and a printer from PC World. She has also denied four offences of dishonestly obtaining money transfers.

Mr Moll told the court that Madison had started working for Global International as a book keeper in June last year and had stopped work shortly before an audit of the company's books in September.

He claimed during her employment Madison used a company cheque for £986 to pay for a fridge freezer for herself.

She had also allegedly written out cheques for £1,197, £1,393 and £1,292 on the Global International account made payable to herself. On another occasion she had allegedly made out a £1,249 cheque for cash, without permission.

Madison had then allegedly tried to cover her tracks by entering false information on the cheque stub said Mr Moll.

Madison had also allegedly ordered a printer from PC World which was delivered to her at work and was later recovered from her home by police when she was arrested.

After her arrest Madison claimed the printer, fridge freezer and cheques had been given to her by Mr Kentor in lieu of overtime payment.

She claimed the cheque made out to cash was money paid to one of the company's agents.

Madison denied claiming to Mr Kentor that her father had been kidnapped.

Giving evidence Mr Kentor denied giving Madison cheques and goods instead of overtime pay.

He denied that the cheque made out for cash was payment to an agent.

He further denied that the signature on the bottom of all four cheques in the charges was his.

The trial continues.

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