Arriva worker Debra Hill has admitted to stealing £76,000 from a savings club established by bus drivers at the company to support their children and families.
Debra Hill who worked as an administrator for the company, stole the money over a period of four years, from 2012 to 2016, at the St Helens depot in Merseyside.
The case, heard at Liverpool Crown Court, saw the 56 year-old plead guilty to fraud.
Stuart Mills, defending noted that the woman had suffered a ‘mental health condition’ as a result of the proceedings.
As a result of the theft, one former Arriva bus driver was unable to withdraw the £2,500 he required after being diagnosed with cancer, receiving only £1,400.
The Liverpool Echo reported that a 62-year-old from West Derby said: “People are very angry with what she has done. Hill was blaming everybody else and she’s taken this case to the last minute to own up to it.”
It is understood that the woman was dismissed from her job.
The case was adjourned, in order for a pre-sentencing report to be prepared for her next hearing on March 18.
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