In the Media

Bank clerk stole ?46,000 to fund dream of becoming a model

PUBLISHED July 17, 2012

Martin admitted taking the money over an eight week period from Barclays Bank in Liskeard, Cornwall, where she worked as a clerk.

The 24 year-old from St Austell, Cornwall, is understood to have spent £4,000 on breast enlargement surgery and £1,700 dental work to whiten her teeth.

Money was also spent on liposuction, hair extensions and make up.

The mother-of-one travelled to Bristol on shopping sprees and also spent the stolen money on nights out.

She was due to go on trial on Monday at Truro Crown Court charged with 25 offences of theft between September and October 2011 but the prosecution charged her with just one count of £46,000 theft over the same period.

Bespectacled Martin was dressed in black with a leopard print coat and only spoke to confirm her details and guilty plea.

She was remanded on bail while pre-sentence reports were ordered and she now faces a jail term when she returns to court in September.

While working at the bank, she stole amounts of £2,000 and £1,000 which she siphoned into her own account.

On one occasion she managed to take £6,000. But by the time she was caught, she had spent most of the proceeds and what was understood to be her dream of being a model.