December 13, 2011 Manchester Evening News
A highly-trusted shopping centre boss stole more than £12,000 from shops and market traders after becoming addicted to painkillers has avoided a prison sentence.
Paula Ahmed 44, worked as an administrator for Salford Estates, owners of Salford’s shopping precinct, and was responsible for collecting weekly rent from stallholders and shops.
But instead of logging the payments and putting the money in a safe before it was handed over to be banked, over a period of a year she repeatedly plundered the cash to fund her craving for drugs.
Ahmed, who pleaded guilty to theft at Salford magistrates’ court last month, appeared at Minshull Street Crown Court to be sentenced where Judge Leslie Hull told her: “This was a serious breach of trust.
“It was not particularly sophisticated but you were trusted to handle this cash and instead took the opportunity to steal it.”
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