A serial crook who stole more than £800 from a Scout group has been sent back to prison.
Gillian Dove, 55, committed the offence after serving a three year prison sentence for defrauding her previous employer out of £160,000.
Dove was jailed for nine months yesterday after pleading guilty to theft while working for Richard Wilson taxation consultants
The court heard she got the job by faking a reference from the company she had previously ripped off.
Andrew Dallas, prosecuting, said one of Dove’s duties involved cashing cheques and banking money on their behalf the 45th Wakefield Scout group .
Mr Dallas said: “She was failing to pay cash entrusted to her into the Scout group account.”
The deception was discovered after Dove went off sick in September 2011. A total of £881 of the Scout group’s money had gone missing.
Dove offered to make arrangements to repay the money but was told police would be informed as the money belonged to a charity.
Dove, of Meadow Court, Ossett, admitted that she had got the job shortly after coming out of prison and did not realise it was wrong to make up her own references.
Leeds Crown Court also heard Dove has seven other convictions for dishonesty offences committed during the 1990s.She received the three-year sentence in 2008 for offences which involved her paying company cheques into her own bank account.
Mr Dallas said Dove’s latest offence‘s were aggravated by the breach of trust placed in her.
Timothy Bubb, mitigating, said his client was in poor health and suffered from diabetes and depression.
He added: “Nothing I say can exonerate this defendant from stealing from a charity and I do not seek to do so.
“She accepts by her plea what has happened and there is nothing I can say to ameliorate that.”
Jailing Dove, judge James Spencer, QC, said: “You stole money over a long period of time. It was cash which I have no doubt they could ill afford to lose.
“This was a mean offence. You had a vulnerable victim and it comes after a long prison sentence.
“I regard you as a thoroughly dishonest woman.”