Manager stole £25k in payments from dentist's patients
A DENTAL practice manager stole almost £25,000 of payments from more than 500 patients for ten years.
Susan Codd, 52, was working as a practice manager at the family-run Sutton Dental Practice in east Hull when she stole the money.
Codd was employed in 1999 but, from 2002, she stole money from payments made to her by more than 500 patients.
She stole £24,839.90 belonging to dentist Karl Sinclair over ten years and was only caught when the practice changed its computer system.
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Prosecutor Richard Thompson told Hull Crown Court the husband-and-wife team running the dental surgery took Codd on as practice manager in 1999.
He said: "In that role, she was responsible for collecting payments from customers who had received treatments and recording it in the dental practice records.
"In October last year the practice updated its computer system. It was during that process that anomalies were noticed in relation to the payment system."
Mr Thompson said Codd was questioned about the financial anomalies and collected her bags and left after she offered to resign.
A full audit was carried out, uncovering 500 patients' accounts had not been settled, according to the computer records, although their payments had been received.
Codd was arrested in March and admitted stealing the money from the practice.
However, she originally claimed the amount she had stolen was £8,000.
She now admits the full extent of her crime. Codd, of Arnold Lane West, Arnold, pleaded guilty to theft at Hull Magistrates' Court.
She was then referred to Hull Crown Court for sentencing because her crime was so serious.
Her solicitor Harold Bloomfield told the court she has £10,000 in a savings account and £12,377 in an endowment policy.
Recorder Graham Hyland QC has ordered her to repay all the money.
He said: "This was a serious breach of trust. You couldn't complain if I were to send you to prison.
"The aggravating features are that it was over a prolonged period and the offence clearly crosses the custody threshold."
However, he decided to spare Codd jail because she could repay the money.
He said: "Having heard that you are able to make full reparation by way of money you deprived the practice of and because of your guilty plea at a very early stage and your remorse, which I accept is genuine, and your good character, I can suspend the sentence."
Codd has been given a 12-month sentence, suspended for 12 months, and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.
She has no previous convictions.
A proceeds of crime hearing had been ordered to enable financial investigators to see how she has benefited from her criminal conduct and she could face being stripped of all her assets.