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Finance coordinator to pay £1 after stealing £90,000

Wednesday 3rd May, 2023

A finance employee who stole £90,000 over a six year period from a cancer charity has been ordered to pay back just £1. In the role of financial coordinator at Wessex Cancer Trust, she stole £91,344 of vital cash to support a lavish lifestyle.

To date she has only paid back £2,300 of the stolen money.

The trust, which helps people living with cancer and their families, faced possible closure and scrambled to raise the money needed to continue.

Judge Christopher Parker told Tribbeck, appearing via remote link from East Sutton Park prison: "Unless you win the lottery, it seems unlikely you will be able to repay it."

Diane Cutler, chair of trustees, and Rachel Billsberry-Grass, chief executive, Wessex Cancer Trust, said: "We have been devastated that Paula Tribbeck, a trusted member of staff would steal from our charity.”

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