Monday, September 26, 2011

Genius Of The Day: Thieving Bride Busted

"I really should invite him to the wedding. It's his money, after all."

From The Daily Mail (UK).

Bride stole £170,000 from her boss for lavish dream wedding... but was rumbled when she invited him

by Louise Boyle

A bride paid for her lavish wedding - including two bands, a free bar and a fireworks display - with the £168,000 (over $260,000 US) she had stolen from her boss.

Kirsty Lane, 29, only aroused the suspicions of her former employer when she invited him to her no-expenses spared big day.

Lane stole the money from the company in Leyland, Lancashire where she'd worked for four years by falsifying invoices in her role as a part-time accounts clerk. Her former boss Peter Sutton said today that her 'unbridled greed' had almost ruined the business.

Mr Sutton, from Preston, said two people lost their jobs because of the ordeal.

He said: 'It was like she was rubbing our faces in it. It was the wedding that first started to raise alarm bells. Up to that point we had no idea. She was always claiming poverty and didn't do anything that would tip us off.

'Then the wedding was the most lavish thing I've ever seen. I trusted her implicitly and this was how she repaid us.'

The mother-of-one admitted to 122 counts of fraud at Leyland Magistrates' Court for stealing from audio visual company Pure AV where she worked until January.

The court heard how she used the stolen money to fund her dream wedding earlier this year to fiance Graham at the Tudor-built Great Hall at Mains venue, in Little Singleton, near Blackpool.

She laid on a fireworks show, harpist, saxophone player, magician, two bands, a DJ, free bar, face painting and even bought elaborate feathered masks for all her guests.

She purchased bridesmaids dresses using company accounts and even bought a lavish £1,500 jewel-encrusted case for her iPad.

Lane pleaded guilty to ten counts of fraud worth a total of £38,000 and asked for a further 112 counts of fraud to be taken into consideration.

Mr Sutton said he did not suspect anything was amiss until he and colleagues attended the function and were shocked at how 'elaborate' the celebrations were.

More sordid details here.


  1. That's incredible. It's amazing that she could think she could put on such an outlandish wedding and not appear suspicious to anyone. I guess she decided to purchase ugly black boots for herself and her bridal party too. HAHA! Fireworks, a magician and face-painting? What, no clowns? That sounds more like a street carnival than a wedding. Good grief.

    Your caption for portrait of the day made me laugh out loud! :-D

  2. She ought to be shot. Nice way to start a marriage. What's with the black boots - ugh!

  3. That would be "Ugg", Karen ;)

  4. @ daisy

    What's funny to me is that if she hadn't invited anyone from work who knows how much longer she could have still gotten away with this.

    Remember her boss didn't put two and two together until he saw someone who was always saying she's broke throwing herself a party she'd never be able to afford.

  5. Cam, you're right, she kind of put the frosting on her own cake, so to speak, by inviting her boss. HA! What a way for her and her husband to start out their married life together. Good gravy, Saint Marie.



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