It was discovered that receptionist at Premier Inn hotel in Newcastle stole £19,000 by forging signatures at cash refunds. Even though Joanna Goodall admitted the crime, she was ordered to pay just £1 because she has no assets.
The pregnant 30-year-old receptionist at Premier Inn Newcastle forged signatures of clients and colleagues, issued cash refunds and took money herself. The unusually high level of cash refunds at the hotel drew attention of bosses, and CCTV showed that it was Goodall who was taking money from the till. Initially, the woman was accused of stealing a bigger sum - £35,000, but Goodall accepted guilty plea with £19,000. The thefts took place between March 2013 and February 2014. Goodall was given a nine-month suspended sentence and was fined £1 because she has no assets.
The woman has experienced a lot of personal and family problems, as well as health issues, that made her commit the crime. She used fake cash refund forms with forged signatures to get the money, then submitted those forms and took money. Other employees were also involved into the crime, though Goodall said she was doing it alone.
According to defendant, she realized she would be caught but there was no way she could stop because of huge debts.