FRAUDSTER Jane Elliott, a former Banbridge florist, will not have to repay any of the money she swindled from her victims, despite pleading guilty to six charges in court last week.
Elliott was sentenced to a year’s probation but a spokeswoman from the Public Prosecutions Service confirmed to the Leader that no court order was made requiring her to pay off more than £2,000 in debts.
The 37-year-old, who currently works at Lisburn Golf Club, will undergo 12 months supervision by a probation officer. Elliott’s victims have hit out at the “lenient” sentence, saying they are shocked she will not be forced to repay a penny of the money.
One Banbridge businessman told the Leader, “I can’t believe she’s got away with probation. It’s not like this was a one-off incident. It’s a multitude of people and a trail of destruction she’s left in her wake.”
Elliott’s case came to court late last year after she was summonsed following her disappearance from the town in May 2009.
She had been approached by the Leader on behalf of customers who were left out of pocket and without the services they had paid for from her Bluebells florist shop in Rathfriland Street.
Another businessman who felt disgusted that no order was made to repay the money said he could not believe the case was dealt with so leniently.
“I cannot believe she has basically walked away from court completely free and without have to pay for what she’s done to myself and others who trusted her,” he said.
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