East Belfast woman Shirley Ann Holmes has pleaded guilty to stealing £3,232.60 of dinner and milk money from Forge Integrated Primary School in the city while employed there between April and May 2009.
But this theft is just the latest in a long line of scams she has carried out in the workplace.
In 2009, she received a suspended sentence after admitting a string of theft and burglary charges.
The 32-year-old even owned up to stealing from her best friend — business woman Carina Duke, who runs top Belfast-based model agency Pose. Holmes stole four cheques amounting to £1,569 from the agency between November 2007 and February 2008 when she was helping her pal out with accounting work.
The serial thief, who has an address at Grove Street East, also admitted stealing £345 and a lodgment book from the Ardoyne Community Healthcare Centre in March 2009 — where she worked for a period of six to seven weeks before the theft was discovered.
The centre, whose motto is “health knows no boundaries”, is a cross community project which works to improve the health of people living in the Ardoyne and Shankill areas of Belfast. Speaking in 2009, a project manager at the centre told Sunday Life that Holmes was employed to work at the project through a recruitment agency.
She added: “We were utterly shocked when we uncovered the theft. She seemed like such a trustworthy person, we had no reason to suspect her.”
Talking about how Holmes was able to deceive her employers, the manager said: “She’s a very clever girl and has very good communication skills. Shirley Ann could pull the wool over anyone’s eyes.”
In addition to the other charges, Holmes also pleaded guilty to breaking into premises on the city’s Cavehill Road in July 2008 and stealing £500. But despite her latest brush with the law, it seems Shirley Ann isn’t too hard up just yet.
She appeared at Belfast Magistrate’s Court on Friday where she was due to be sentenced for the dinner and milk money theft — but her case was adjourned until next month.
Source Sunday Life