Woman admits ‘breach of trust’ fraud charges

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Ballymena Court.

A Ballymena woman appeared in the town’s Magistrates Court on Thursday and admitted two charges of fraud by abuse of position.

Julie Lyle (52), of Meadowvale, was involved in a “breach of trust”, a prosecutor said.

The first charge that she admitted was that in November 2017, ‘whilst occupying a position in which you were expected to safeguard, or not to act against, the financial interests of K G McAtamney Wholesale Meats Limited, dishonestly abused that position in that you sent via electronic mail a customer contact spreadsheet and a 2017 product pricelist to your personal e-mail account, with the intention, by means of the abuse of that position to make a gain for yourself or another or to cause loss to K G McAtamney Wholesale Meats Limited or another or to expose K G McAtamney Wholesale Meats Limited or another to a risk of a loss, in breach of section 4 of the Fraud Act 2006, contrary to Section 1 of the Fraud Act 2006.’

The second charge she pleaded guilty to was that in November, 2017, ‘whilst occupying a position in which you were expected to safeguard, or not to act against, the financial interests of K G McAtamney Wholesale Meats Limited dishonestly abused that position in that you deleted computer files containing price lists, with the intention, by means of the abuse of that position to make a gain for yourself or another or to cause loss to K G McAtamney Wholesale Meats Limited or another or to expose K G McAtamney Wholesale Meats Limited or another to a risk of a loss, in breach of section 4 of the Fraud Act 2006, contrary to Section 1 of the Fraud Act 2006.’

Two other charges were withdrawn.

A defence lawyer said the defendant previously had a “completely clear record”.

No further details were given to the court and the case was adjourned to February 14 for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

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