Woman admits £7,800 fraud while working for florist

Carlisle Magistrates Court. Image: The Carlisle Child

A woman has admitted to committing fraud totaling nearly £8,000 while working for a florist.

Kellie Harper, 32, pleaded guilty to seven counts under the Fraud Act when she appeared in the City Magistrate’s Court this morning remotely via video link.

One was an offense of fraud by abusing her position as sales assistant for Flowers Same Day to make a gain of nearly £190 for herself.

The other six crimes admitted by Harper, of Knells Farm, Houghton, near Carlisle, were qualified as fraud by false representation.

Court documents show that these were committed by using other people’s bank details without permission to purchase items for herself. These would have had a total value of just over £7,600.

Harper’s breach occurred between November 2019 and late October 2020.

Prosecutor Peter Kelly told magistrates that Harper initially denied the offenses during his interview before admitting them during his first court appearance.

Magistrates concluded that their sentencing powers were “unlikely to be sufficient” in the case and instead sent him to Carlisle Crown Court.

Harper is due to appear in court there on April 9.

In the meantime, the magistrates ordered the preparation of a pre-sentence report from the probation service and granted Harper an unconditional bail until the next court hearing.

*A spokesperson for the company involved confirmed today that Harper no longer works there.

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