A MUM-OF-TWO who took more than £250,000 from her family and friends has been jailed for four years at Sheffield Crown Court.

Denise Salter, 57, of Lidgett Lane, Pilley, Barnsley, was also ordered to pay £2,200 in compensation to one of her victims.

Her other victims - apart from her husband and sons - have been compensated by her former employer, Yorkshire Building Society, where she had worked as manager of the Sheffield branch.

Salter’s crimes stretched from 1993 to 2012.

Following a complaint from a customer in late October 2012, the building society’s fraud team began an internal investigation regarding Salter and uncovered a number of suspicious transactions.

The matter was then reported to South Yorkshire Police’s Economic Crime Unit, whose staff conducted a criminal investigation.

Salter was arrested at home in early December 2012 by ECU officers. She was later charged with 12 offences of theft, fraud and forgery.

Salter pleaded guilty to these offences at Sheffield Magistrates Court on July 9 and asked for three other similar offences to be taken into consideration.

At her sentencing on August 6, Judge Watson said Salter had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, but that he couldn’t give her credit for good character because the crimes spanned over a 19-year period and she had committed some while employed as manager.

In total, the Yorkshire Building Society suffered an overall loss of £360,000.

Detective Sergeant Karl Saxton, from SYP’s Economic Crime Team, said: "We're satisfied that the conviction reflects the offending.

"Our enquiries identified that Salter used a substantial amount of money to help her sons, who had accumulated debts, and not to fund an extravagant lifestyle. Things escalated from there, leading to the betrayal of trust of her friends and family."

South Yorkshire Police is not seeking a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act as there are no available assets in this case.

Salter does, however, have a pension fund and the building society is taking steps to recover the money to compensate victims.