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Woodbridge mum found guilty of fraud

PUBLISHED: 01:10 17 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

A SUFFOLK mother of two found guilty of writing out company cheques to herself for thousands of pounds has been warned she could be sent to prison when she is sentenced next month.

A SUFFOLK mother of two found guilty of writing out company cheques to herself for thousands of pounds has been warned she could be sent to prison when she is sentenced next month.

Charlotte Madison, who wrote out three cheques to herself for £3,800, claimed to police they were payments for overtime work done by her while she was working as a book keeper for Global International Trading Limited of Needham Market, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Madison, 38, of Norton Road, Woodbridge, had denied obtaining property by deception, four offences of obtaining money transfers by deception and theft.

After she was convicted of all six offences by a jury, the court heard that she had previous convictions for dishonesty.

Louis Moll, prosecuting, said that in 1991 she had been given a two year probation order for three offences of deception and in 1998 she had been given another two year probation order for five offences of obtaining money transfers by deception and procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception.

Adjourning sentence until December 11, recorder Mr Roderick Newton told her she had been convicted of serious offences and warned her that all sentencing options would be available to the court.

During the trial the court heard that Madison had stopped working for Global International shortly before the company's books were due to be checked.

Paul Kentor, a director of the company said Madison had told him that she couldn't continue working for the company because her father had been kidnapped in the Middle East while he was representing the American Government.

Madison elected not to give evidence during the trial.

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