Accounts assistant, 38, swindled her bosses out of £44,000 before splashing the cash on luxury trips including holiday to New York and a stay at…

  • Sharin Mooney stole tens of thousands of pounds from energy company
  • 38-year-old posted photos of herself on social media enjoying luxury trips
  • Mooney bought specialist document-altering software on the internet

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A woman stole 44,000 from her bosses to pay for luxuries including a trip to New York and jewellery from Tiffany & Co. Sharin Mooney doctored invoices under the noses of her managers at a wind farm firm for nearly nine months before her swindle began to unravel. The 38-year-old accounts assistant used some of the stolen money to fund a stay at New York’s iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel, before posting a picture of herself on Facebook with Manhattan’s Times Square in the background.

High life: A court heard how Sharin Mooney posted images of herself in New York City, after stealing some 44,000 from her bosses

On her Twitter account, Mooney posted: ‘Cocktails solve all the problems.’

Mooney – who hasn’t paid back a penny of what she stole – bought specialist document-altering software on the internet, a court heard. She used it to change a series of invoices in order for money to pour directly into her personal bank account, Greenock Sheriff Court was told. The largest of the payments, for 8,000, was siphoned into her account just before she jetted off to America.

Prosecutor Pamela Brady said suspicions arose after a staff member noticed a ‘discrepancy’ with a copy invoice and had asked Mooney to help locate the original. Mooney bought specialist document-altering software on the internet in order to carry out the scam for several months

Mrs Brady said: ‘A number of weeks went by and the accused did not produce the invoice. She said that she was too busy.’

Bosses at 2020 Renewables in Greenock, Scotland, launched a probe and uncovered a total of eight transactions of company cash into Mooney’s account between April 2 and December 23, 2014.

Mrs Brady said: ‘The total amounted to some 44,000.

‘The managing director called a meeting with the company solicitor and the accused admitted that she had stolen the money.

‘She stated that she had financial problems.’

Sheriff Hamilton warned Mooney she faces a possible jail term when she returns to Greenock Sheriff Court (pictured), for sentencing next month

As well as her New York trip, Mooney made a purchase from luxury jeweller Tiffany & Co and paid for numerous airline flights. Mrs Brady said: ‘There were payments to what appeared to be loan companies but there were also a number of leisure activities, restaurant bills, flight costs and significant spending in New York City.’

Defence lawyer Ellen Macdonald said: ‘Luxury items were purchased but there were also considerable payments to payday loans – sometimes three or four in one day.’

Ms Macdonald said that Mooney, from Johnstone, Renfrewshire, took on ‘family debt’ following the sudden death of her father. Sheriff Hamilton warned Mooney she faces a possible jail term when she returns to court for sentencing next month.

She is due to be sentenced on August 17.

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