Administrator admits stealing more than £30,000 from Cranbrook school

PUBLISHED: 13:23 07 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:13 07 September 2018

Exeter Crown Court.

Exeter Crown Court.


An administrator has admitted stealing more than £30,000 from a newly opened school in Cranbrook.

Ellen Chaplin carried out the fraud between May 2016 and April 2017 while working as a senior administrator for the Cranbrook Educational Campus.

She created false payments for staff, supply teachers, and a training company which she transferred into her own account by altering bank details.

Chaplin, aged 24, who was living near Cranbrook at the time but now lives in Latchley, near Gunnislake, admitted ten counts of fraud in abuse of a position of trust.

Judge Paul Cook adjourned her case at Exeter Crown Court to October 5, released her on bail, and ordered a probation pre sentence report.

The Cranbrook Education Campus includes nursery, primary and secondary schools. It was built as part of the new town and is expanding each year as new intakes of students are enrolled.

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