A father has been jailed for 32 months after he stole more than £25,000 from his employers when under financial pressures at home.
Leeds Crown Court heard Paul Hepple was working in the accounts department at Scottish Motor Auctions in Leeds when he diverted money into his own bank after he saw that some cheques paid out had not been presented.
Hepple, 34, of Benson Gardens, Leeds admitted eight charges of theft totalling £25,393 between April last year and March this year.
Sentencing him yesterday Judge Peter Hunt said Hepple had a record of dishonesty towards employers, including receiving a suspended sentence in 2008 for similar offences, which he had not disclosed.
Tina Dempsey representing Hepple said he was a committed family man who had found they were living beyond his means when his partner gave up her job as a teaching assistant to train at college as a teacher.
He had used the money taken not on high living but towards family bills.