Shannon Mansbridge, a 25-year-old Lidl worker from Manchester in UK, has been ordered to pay back £829.87 after stealing from the till to pay off debts incurred by her sister’s fraudulent loans, a court heard.
Mansbridge had voided receipts when given correct change to cover her tracks while swiping cash from the tills over a two-month period last year.
She started her job as a cashier in March 2020. Mansbridge had inadvertently accrued two debts of around £800 and £1,500, respectively, due to her sister’s fraudulent loans, according to her lawyer, Wajid Manzoor.
The court heard that Mansbridge, who now has a new job, has been working full-time to manage and pay back the debts, along with her mother’s help. Her lawyer stated that she now understood that stealing “was not the right way to pay off debt and that she told her former employer that she was willing to pay the money back”.
Mansbridge pleaded guilty and was given a 12-month community order, including 40 hours of unpaid work.
Mansbridge’s case highlights the dangers of identity theft and the potential consequences of not monitoring personal finances. Victims of identity theft can be left with significant debt and can struggle to regain control of their finances.
To avoid falling victim to identity theft, individuals should monitor their credit reports regularly for any suspicious activity and report any unusual transactions to their bank or financial institution immediately.
Additionally, individuals should keep personal information secure and not share it with others without verifying their identity.
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