Stewardess sentenced for stealing more than £13k from workingmen's club in Scunthorpe area
A STEWARDESS at a working men's club was described as a "leech" after she admitted stealing more than £13,000 from club funds.
Cheryl Glynn, 52, stole the money from Keadby Working Men's Club between January 2009 and February 2011.
It was taken on 217 separate occasions as she worked at her £210-a-week job.
At Grimsby Crown Court, Judge David Tremberg said any failure to impose a custodial sentence would give "a green light" to the many people throughout the UK who are in a position of trust and also facing financial hardship.
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But he imposed a suspended sentence because of her lack of previous convictions and her remorse.
Judge Tremberg said: "Anyone who is tempted must face a prison sentence.
"As stewardess, you were in a fairly high position of trust and drew out money on 217 separate occasions. You falsified records to cover your tracks."
The judge added: "It made a real difference to a club that was surviving on a shoestring. You leeched out all or most of the profits."
Describing her offending as "unsophisticated", Judge Tremberg sentenced Glynn to 10 months in prison, suspended for 18 months. He also ordered her to do 100 hours unpaid work and imposed a curfew for 30 days.
Prosecuting, Andrew Bailey told how debt-ridden Glynn, of Trent View, Keadby, filled in a takings account book, known as the "Z" reading.
At the February 2011 AGM, members were told the profit for the previous year was just £780.
But treasurer John Howes knew the club had enjoyed a better year than that from bar takings and the gaming machines.
He passed the accounts books to a firm of accountants in Scunthorpe.
They highlighted a large number of discrepancies.
The stewardess was suspended and later sacked in March.
Mr Bailey said the correct amount of takings was put into the appropriate book but the incorrect amounts were logged in the till registration book.
He said when she was interviewed by police, Glynn told officers she could not explain the 217 discrepancies.
She lived in rented accommodation and had racked up large debts from loan companies, he said.
For Glynn, Richard Butters said his client was bound to be found out for her "relatively unsophisticated" offending.
He said: "She never intended or anticipated the extent.
"It was a situation getting thoroughly out of control.
"She was in financial dire straits with an enormous amount of debt and she succumbed to the temptation."
He added: "She was robbing Peter to pay Paul and put money back into the account only to draw it out again the following month. It spiraled out of control."