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