Treasurer stole from Peterborough nursery

Peterborough Crown Court.
Peterborough Crown Court.
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A woman who stole nearly £88,000 from a Peterborough pre-school, denying young children educational equipment, has been jailed.

Susan Setchfield (49), of Swale Avenue, Gunthorpe, Peterborough worked as treasurer at Paston and Gunthorpe Pre-School for 10 years, taking thousands of pounds most years to pay for shopping and TV subscriptions.

In total she stole £87, 831, starting in 2004.

But she was caught when she failed to supply bosses with statements when a second treasurer was appointed.

On Tuesday she was jailed for 25 months at Peterborough Crown Court after pleading guilty to fraud and obtaining property by deception.

Recorder Sandeep Kainth, sentencing, said: “Over a significant period of time you took money that did not belong to you. It belonged to a pre school. The purpose of the money was to assist very young children, to purchase equipment, and for the well being and emotional, intellectual and physical development of the very young children.”

Roy James, defending, said Setchfield had already paid back more than £12,000, and was still paying £200 a month.

DC Steve Ward, who investigated, said: “Setchfield was a trusted member of the pre-school team but she abused that trust by using the bank account as her own.

“When the new treasurer was brought in to help with the burden of work she was obstructive when asked to hand over papers and only owned up to what she’d been doing when it had become apparent to other staff.

“I hope this case demonstrates how seriously we take this type of fraud and acts as a warning to others.”