Supermarket Cashier Steals Over $200,000, Spends It On The Shopping Channel

Sandra Norris Asda Walmart theftA veteran employee at Asda, a Walmart subsidiary in Great Britain, had a neat trick: She would artificially inflate the value of customer's vouchers -- sometimes even double them -- and pocket the difference. When police finally raided her home, they found almost 80,000 pounds in vouchers (the equivalent of $126,000), over 6,600 pounds ($10,000) in cash, and "an Aladdin's cave" of unopened goods bought on shopping channel sprees.

Sandra Norris, 58, worked at Asda for 20 years, emptying the cash register, and punching in the totals into the store's computer system. After the store noticed discrepancies in her account keeping, police searched her home, and the over $130,000 worth of vouchers and cash, along with piles of the kinds of stuff one would likely buy on a shopping network or Sky Mall: perfume, jewelry, clothing and liquor.

In October, Norris admitted to one charge of theft of 700 pounds and one charge of abusing her position of trust.

"It is always particularly sad to see a woman, particularly of your age and who has never been in trouble before, come to court on such a serious charge," said Judge Peter Henry when he announced her 28-month jail sentence, as reported by the Southern Daily Echo. "You had a position of responsibility. Quite why you did it is difficult to understand."

Norris returned to court for a confiscation hearing, after the judge discovered that while Norris had stolen a total over $200,000, her realizable assets were just over 10 percent of that: $23,000, including the trinkets she purchased from TV. The judge ordered her to pay back that amount.

A commenter on the story in the Daily Echo, claiming to be a former co-worker, said that she was "completely shocked" by the news. "Unfortunately, she seems have got involved with something that she couldn't stop ... and this became an addiction."

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Never been introuble before, she's been stealing for 20 years.

March 04 2012 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I actually learned about this in my first class of Accounting.. This is due to the lack of internal auditing and lack of vacations so someone else could have caught this while she was on vacation...

March 02 2012 at 12:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

she should've spent it on a facelift

February 22 2012 at 4:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It took 20 years before her company caught on to her? Sounds like part of the problem is that the company didn't institute normal auditing controls. That is a topic taught in every undergraduate curriculum.

February 21 2012 at 4:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

DAVID , Skin & beauty cream is where she spent the rest of the $200k !

February 20 2012 at 4:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Christ, I'm screwed. This girl went to Yale and she's writing for aol! :'(

February 16 2012 at 12:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I just don't see how jail time would help this 'criminal' granted she stole but she bought things and didn't open the boxes? this sounds like a mental disorder that needs counseling she also cannot pay back if she is in jail. I understand restituion but really jail? make her get a job, not in a position of trust, pay back what she stole and get her weekly counseling for her addiciton.
Jail is for people who harm other people they need the cages.

February 16 2012 at 7:53 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

So I guess that the moral of the story is that crime does pay.

February 15 2012 at 11:59 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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February 15 2012 at 12:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Stupid is as stupid does!

February 14 2012 at 8:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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