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Ex-Council Clerk Jailed For Eight Years

Thursday October 3 2013

AN ex-council clerk who abused her position to pocket nearly £700,000 has been given an eight-year jail term.

Fraudster Janet Cooper, from Sheffield, enjoyed lavish hotels, a £21,000 car and cruises around the Mediterranean using cash totalling almost £700,000 paid to Brierley Town Council.

When the scale of the 51-year-old's offending was uncovered she claimed to be blind and said she had no memory of events - although no medical evidence supported her claims.

The convicted fraudster - once the subject of a Channel 4 documentary - forged councillors’ signatures to borrow the money, which she then paid to herself.

Residents in Brierley and Grimethorpe are now set to pay the price for more than two decades for Cooper’s offending.

Ian Goldsack, prosecuting, said: "Brierley had to obtain a loan from Barnsley Council resulting in an annual commitment of £35,000 per year for the next 20 years.

"The community bus service used by elderly and disabled people has been lost, four members of town council staff have lost their jobs and there are charges on previously free services."

She had previously been jailed for 15 months at Basildon Crown Court in 1999 for theft and false accounting and again in September, 2003, for three years at Leicester for stealing £800,000 from her then employer.

She then lied after her release to land her £20,000-a-year role in Barnsley.

After being sentenced to eight years in jail, Det Sgt Stuart Hall said: "She would often try and ingratiate herself with other people and appear to be quite generous - but it wasn’t her money.

"There's nothing left in her bank account and there are no assets. It has all been frittered away.

"She has lied about everything and even her husband is another unwitting victim of the lifestyle she has fabricated."

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Reply Posted by Little sprout on Thursday October 3 2013 at 11:03
To the gallows is what I say.

Reply Posted by Honest on Thursday October 3 2013 at 11:29
One of the hardworking taxpayers this country should be supporting and shes English. Maybe EDL or Tories will fund her appeal?

Reply Posted by Little sprout on Thursday October 3 2013 at 12:03
Tell me, why do you think EDL or the Tories should fund her appeal? Your comments do not make sense.

Reply Posted by BIG sprout on Thursday October 3 2013 at 12:16
Why doesn't it make sense? It's plain black and white to me!

Reply Posted by Little sprout on Thursday October 3 2013 at 12:48
Sorry. Still don't understand it.

Reply Posted by Mick on Thursday October 3 2013 at 12:42
Apart from this being a terrible crime, what really concerns me is how a junior official can defraud the council for so much over such a long period of time. I hope auditing processes have been tightened substantially since.

Reply Posted by LOL on Thursday October 3 2013 at 13:41

Reply Posted by rainbow on Thursday October 3 2013 at 16:31
How did she manage to get away with it for so long, doesn't say much for the council auditors and accountants, perhaps they should get sacked too.????

Reply Posted by sprouts and all on Thursday October 3 2013 at 18:04
you all write a load of bollocks.

Reply Posted by graham on Thursday October 3 2013 at 18:08
As far as I can see the only person posting 'a load of b------s' on here is you.

Reply Posted by Voo on Thursday October 3 2013 at 19:03
Certain Brierley Town Councillors need to be on the dock too... They've succeeded at covering up there part in this! Especially the 'forged' signatures and missing meeting minutes... Complete B*#$¥*KS!

Reply Posted by do the right thing on Thursday October 3 2013 at 19:52
This isn't the place! Do the right thing,don't let them get away with it,or you are as bad as them.

Reply Posted by P.Stoff on Saturday October 5 2013 at 01:52
Hang on a minute- didn't this women get banged up for doing this before?? TWICE.. Whatever happened to CRB checks?? I had to undergo strict checks to become a taxi driver! Makes my blood boil...This women simply lied to get a job with a million pound responsibility and passed clean as a whistle.. The person who gave her the job should also be named and shamed.Its OUR money she stole. Bent f*****g council strikes again . :-(

Reply Posted by rm on Sunday October 6 2013 at 10:32
Horrible fat munter!

Reply Posted by Collet on Sunday October 6 2013 at 10:54
Jist shows you how our top council group are fit for purpose,to allow this woman,to get away for so long without any detection.i doubt they will have any connection with this outrage.Time to get rid of this Shite Labour none competent council,more heads should role over this débâcle??

Reply Posted by rich on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 08:12
how much money has she got tucked away for when she gets out she must be made for life well worth the time in prison cushy shes only as bad as rest of the council alot are bent

Reply Posted by eddy on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 08:14
The council is full of criminals its just this one got caught for the third time when she gets out she will probably be prime minister. This country is going down the pan because of no consequences. Prison with tv's games rooms??? I don't get that and I have to work 12 hour days gggggrrrrrrraaahhhhh!!!!!!!

Reply Posted by martin on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 08:22
she looks like a dike she will fit in well in prison it will be a holiday camp,i pity her cell mate lol

Reply Posted by rich on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 08:28
all cons will get ripped off ,shell be running bacca scene ,money laundering the lot a right con artist ,

Reply Posted by MrsMail on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 12:49
@martin - it is 'dyke' not 'dike'. A dike is a ditch. By the way dear, it is 2013 now, we don't use homophobic language like that anymore, unless we are a tad backward that is.

Reply Posted by To mrsmail on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 13:46
what a pissflapper who are.

Reply Posted by MrsMail on Thursday October 10 2013 at 11:04
@To mrsmail - GCSE English?

Reply Posted by andys on Sunday October 13 2013 at 12:48
be nowt left she paid me loads to do her

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