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Woman who stole £100k from Lincolnshire primary school has assets taken

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: May 01, 2012

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A school administrator who stole more than £100,000 from a small village primary school has had her assets confiscated by a judge.

Jacqueline McIntyre paid her own household bills and credit card debts out of school funds for nearly a decade while working at Newton-on-Trent Primary School.

McIntyre, 40, of Machin Close, Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, was jailed for two years at a hearing in November 2011.

She admitted two charges of theft of £133,000 between March 2001 and January 2010. She also admitted fraudulently claiming £9,210.54 in overtime payments.

Judge Sean Morris ruled that McIntyre, who is still in custody serving her sentence, benefited from her crimes by £145,830.

He ordered that her available assets of £14,291 should be confiscated. £7,786 of the money will be paid to Lincolnshire County Council in compensation with the remaining £6,505 going to Newton on Trent Primary School.

An earlier hearing was told by Andrew Scott, prosecuting, that McIntyre used the head teacher's log in details to set up direct payments from the 60-pupil school's bank accounts to pay more than £50,000 off her credit cards.

McIntyre even paid her council tax, her own mobile phone bills and her Sky TV subscription using school funds as well as writing out cheques to herself for £20,000.

She paid £20,000 to herself and another £10,000 to her partner using blank cheques already signed by the head.

At the same time she was fiddling her overtime claims.

Although McIntyre spent her mornings working part-time at the nearby Ordsall Primary School, she claimed overtime for the same period at her own school.

Her false overtime claims included a four-hour Christmas Day shift.

Mr Scott said: "The finances were in a dreadful state. Staff hours were cut and there was a redundancy. The head's hours were reduced, one teacher was given reduced hours and a teaching assistant was made redundant. McIntyre's dishonesty must have had an adverse effect on the situation.

"Bearing in mind what was happening to other members of staff being made redundant or having reduced hours she added insult to injury by making false claims for overtime.

"This involves theft and fraud committed over a significant period of time by a person in a position of substantial trust. She was entrusted with the day to day responsibility of running the school funds."

The fraud was eventually revealed during an audit check.

Both McIntyre and the school head Christine White were suspended. Miss White, described as "an excellent teacher" , was later sacked along with McIntyre.

McIntyre was also dismissed in July 2010 having made a full confession. She wrote to the governors saying "I am full of guilt for what I have done. The only mistake Miss White made was in employing me. I beg you not to punish Miss White."

Roger Carne, defending, said McIntyre spent the money on drink and drugs as well as household bills and was also working evening shifts in a local pub.

He said: "She feels disgusted at what she has done and feels she has let everybody down."

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  • eatmygoal  |  May 01 2012, 4:44PM

    "what about her house too, that might pay back a bit more that she stole" Because that is not a punishment for theft. Normally you just go to prison.

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  • 917199  |  May 01 2012, 4:35PM

    Taken her assets, what about her house too, that might pay back a bit more that she stole

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  • SS29252  |  May 01 2012, 12:10PM

    'Her false overtime claims included a four-hour Christmas Day shift.' It beggars belief that neither Christine White, nor the governors checked overtime payments. Mrs McIntyre must have seen the complete absence of oversight and exploited it to the full. Miss White might have been an excellent teacher, but she was a poor head teacher. This case demontrates the same lack of effective control that has been revealed at the Priory Federation of Academies.

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  • peterke  |  May 01 2012, 11:05AM

    Two years in prison costing the taxpayer say around fifty thousand and paying back fourteen thousand pounds from assets from one hundred and fourty five thousand pounds taken ,Judge Sean Morris you have loudly and clearly told us all, crime does pay.This crime was going on for nearly ten years and no one noticed it , not the governors , the auditors and one presumes a few managers here and there,and anyone else who worked at the school , seems fishy to me , they should all be taken to court for aiding and abetting.or at least for sitting on thier backsides coffee drinking and ignoring their responsibiltys.

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  • LincolnFran  |  May 01 2012, 7:44AM

    "She feels disgusted at what she has done and feels she has let everybody down." She may have said that but only out of regret for having been caught out. She knew exactly what she was doing and the more she got away with, the more she did. No excuses, they simply don't wash!

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