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Woman stole trust money

PUBLISHED: 15:28 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:46 25 August 2010

A WOMAN has been charged with stealing thousands of pounds from a health trust that provides care for mentally ill children and the elderly.

A WOMAN has been charged with stealing thousands of pounds from a health trust that provides care for mentally ill children and the elderly.

Michelle Dell, 33, of Hartslock Drive, Abbey Wood, is accused of stealing over £15,000 from Oxleas NHS Trust based in Pinewood Place, Dartford, during a four month spree in 2007.

She spoke at Dartford Magistrates Court last Wednesday only to confirm her name and address but did not enter a plea. The court heard that between April and August last year Dell, who works as an accounts clerk at the Dartford headquarters, made eight payments to Richard Holloway, 35, ranging from £886 to £4,188.

Holloway, of Howbury Lane, Erith, is accused of the lesser charge of acting as an accomplice and did not enter a plea.

Prosecuting, Edward Parton argued that the charges against Dell were unsuitable for summary trial and magistrates agreed to commit the case for trial at Maidstone Crown Court.

The case has been adjourned for committal proceedings on January 21 next year at Dartford Magistrates Court.

Both defendants were granted unconditional bail. Oxleas NHS Trust provides mental health services to residents in Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham.

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