Jail term for synagogue office fraudster

| October 9, 2011

A synagogue office worker has been jailed for eight months for stealing more than £36,000 from her community to fund a luxury lifestyle.

Susan Rudette spent the money she took from the United Hebrew Congregation in Leeds on a new kitchen, Sky TV subscription, holidays, mobile phone bills and cars.

She supplemented her income using a number of methods, including forging a colleague's signature on shul cheques and falsely claiming payments were made for cemetery and shul maintenance. On two occasions the thefts increased her salary by up to £1,000 a month.

A year after her deception began, Rudette's husband died and her family faced financial pressures, but she continued her wrong-doing.

She had started work as an administrator in the shul office in 2004, handling cash, paying bills and keeping the accounts.

The 43-year-old went on to spend £2,600 of shul money on a new kitchen at her Alwoodley home, and £1,575 on her son's mobile phone bill.

 

http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/55934/jail-term-synagogue-office-fraudster

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