Party Is Over For TCook Employee Who Stole Tens Of Thousands

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Fancy clothes and the latest hairstyle are likely not that important in prison.

That’s one small consolation for a former Thomas Cook business assistant who was sentenced to five years in prison for stealing £37,000 from the company over 2 years and £26,000 from a previous employer.

Angelika Schell, 54, sobbed and wiped away tears as she was taken down to the cells, according to the UK’s Evening Standard.

The court heard Schell was given a credit card while working at Thomas Cook's City of London headquarters and spent £30,957 on shopping sprees and trips to the hairdresser, £3,363 on taxis, more than £2,000 on a colleague's credit card, and £833 on flights to Germany. 

In a previous role, she stole £26,000 from employer Brook Henderson Group, where she was personal assistant to the chief executive.

On that occasion, she was spared a prison sentence. She also managed to hide the conviction from Thomas Cook when she got a job as a business assistant.

Prosecutor Claire Harden-Frost told the court Schell, of Crouch Hill, London, also sent a threatening email to the colleague whose credit card she had used, demanding that he withdraw his support for the prosecution.

Schell pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by abuse of position. A charge of witness intimidation was left to lie on file.

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