Fraudulently gained £35,000 to be paid back to Borough Council

Published: Monday, 4 April 2022

Oadby & Wigston Borough Council (OWBC) will be paid back £35,000 fraudulently stolen between 2012 and 2014.

Former employee Lynn Middleton was jailed for 18 months in October for admitted her role in the crime, which also saw money stolen from Leicester charity Coping with Cancer.

The court hearing on Friday (1 April) under the Proceeds of Crime Act saw Middleton ordered to refund £35,047 to OWBC and £4,123 to the charity – or face a further eight month in prison.

Councillor John Boyce, Leader of Oadby & Wigston Borough Council, said: “We always felt it was important to first achieve justice in this case, and then to pursue the money lost as a result of this sophisticated fraud.

“The borough council – alongside the former named Coping with Cancer charity – were victims in this case and we’ve fought for a long time to get to this point.

“£35,000 is a large sum of money that we can now reinvest into the many key services our borough council offers and I hope the way we have pursued this case and clawed back the money stolen sends a strong message.

“We would like to thank Leicestershire Police and the CPS for their continued support with this case.”

Read more in the Leicester Mercury’s coverage of the case.