Vet's Manager Falsified Accounts To Pay For Treatment For Her Own Pets

PUBLISHED: 16:46 09 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:23 04 May 2010

ACCOUNT manager Faye Low falsified records at an Ely vets surgery so that she didn t have to pay more than £950 for treatment for her own animals. Low, 36, who owns four dogs and five cats - all rescue pets - entered incorrect information onto the Isle V

ACCOUNT manager Faye Low falsified records at an Ely vets' surgery so that she didn't have to pay more than £950 for treatment for her own animals.

Low, 36, who owns four dogs and five cats - all rescue pets - entered incorrect information onto the Isle Veterinary Group's computer falsely showing that her 13 cheques for the treatment received, had been banked.

And the discrepancies didn't come to light until six months after mother-of-two Low, of Alexander Chase, Ely had left the company, which has practices in West Fen Road, Ely and Wardy Hill.

On Thursday, Low admitted four charges of falsifying computer records for personal gain and asked for nine other offences to be taken into consideration when she appeared before Ely magistrates.

Prosecuting Emma Dimitriev said: "The amount of money that should have been paid in didn't tie up with what was paid in. It was her job to clear cheques and bank them. But she was a customer and it was her own cheques that she failed to pay in.

"She was in a trusted position and this breach of trust is very serious."

Mitigating Michael Judkins told the court that Low, who had joined the company in 2005, committed the offences after finding herself in a very bad financial situation.

She had two young children, a mortgage, loan and overdraft and travel costs for her husband to get to work.

"It was simply the fact that the situation was very difficult for her and it was perhaps too easy to commit this type of offence," he said.

He added that she left the company in August last year to set up a dog grooming business.

When the discrepancies to the company's accounts were discovered in the following February she borrowed money from her sister to pay back the full amount of £954.

"She has let herself down considerably in relation to this matter and she is very sorry." said Mr Judkins.

Low was ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work and pay £95 costs.

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