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Belfast woman accused of £30k Abbey Centre fashion store fraud

Kane is also charged with 20 counts of stealing various amounts of cash.
Kane is also charged with 20 counts of stealing various amounts of cash.

Alan Erwin

A Belfast woman is to stand trial accused of defrauding a fashion store where she worked out of more than £30,000, a judge ordered on Tuesday.

Ann Kane appeared before the city's magistrates court charged with an alleged scam which involved taking cash from void transactions over a period of nearly three years.

The 51-year-old faces a count of fraud by abusing a position where she was expected to safeguard the financial interests of the owners of Vogue Fashion Group.

Kane, of Silverstream Park, is understood to have worked at a store in the Abbey Centre, just outside north Belfast.

She also charged with 20 counts of stealing various amounts of cash.

The alleged offences were committed on dates between August 2014 and April 2017.

The court heard the fraud charge involves claims that she voided sales on the shop till and took money paid for those sales, to a total value of £30,783.40.

During preliminary enquiry proceedings Kane confirmed that she understood the allegations against her.

She declined to give evidence or call any witnesses at this stage.

With the prosecution submitting that the accused has a case to answer, Deputy District Judge Peter Prenter granted an application to have her returned for Crown Court trial on a date to be fixed.

He released Kane on £500 bail.

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