A TRUSTED executive who stole almost £100,000 from her renowned and successful businessman boss may finally face jail.
Jacqueline Hayes was in a senior position as finance manager for leading Conservative Jeremy Middleton.
But the 33-year-old repeatedly took advantage of her role within the entrepreneur’s business. During a two-year crime campaign Hayes embezzled £97,372 behind Mr Middleton’s back.
And although she still tried to win her freedom during an aborted Newcastle Crown Court trial, she at last came clean as her retrial before a new panel was about to begin.
James Adkin, prosecuting, said: “On any view this defendant had placed in her a very high degree of trust.”
Hayes, of Kendal Avenue, Cullercoats, North Tyneside, asked for the charges she faced to be put again. She continued to deny nine allegations of stealing money – totalling more than £41,000 – from Mr Middleton, formerly chairman of the Conservative National Convention.
But this time she admitted five further charges of helping herself to the businessman’s cash between July 2007 and June 2009. They added up to a figure just short of £100,000.
Mr Adkin told the court: “The pleas are acceptable. It is not in the public interest to proceed on the other allegations.
“I will apply for those remaining accounts to be left on the file.”
Hayes spoke only to answer her name and enter her pleas from the glass-fronted dock during the brief hearing.
Judge Roger Thorn QC adjourned for a report to be prepared by a probation officer and further remanded her on conditional bail. Hayes must abide by a residence condition and her passport has been surrendered.
Judge Thorn said: “I am adding one more condition that she cooperates with the preparation of the pre-sentence report as that is the reason for the adjournment.”
Hayes is due back in court on November 16. James Walker, defending, told the court he was likely to call two character witnesses on her behalf at the sentencing hearing.