A former management accountant has been found guilty of defrauding a struggling railway company and is expected to be sentenced to several years in prison later this month.
Corina Heslop, who denied the charges levelled against her, was found guilty of nine out of 10 offences including eight counts of fraud and one for possessing items for use in fraud. She was cleared of a criminal damage offence.
Following a three-week trial at Durham Crown Court, which centred on a £36,781 fraud accusation, the Bishop Auckland accountant is set to be sentenced on 29 June.
Judge Christopher Prince warned her that she would be facing up to six years in prison. As reported in the Northern Echo, he told her: “The guidelines under which I operate, for an offence of this type, involving nearly £40,000 from an employer, you would be expected to receive a sentence of between four and five years.”
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