An accounts manager who stole over £112,000 from the Black Country firm where she worked has been ordered to pay back just £1.
Karen Stephens took the money from International Tube and Fittings, in Leabrook Road, Wednesbury, to pay off her former partner’s drug debts and to start a new life in Jamaica, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.
The 36 year-old mum of three admitted eight charges of theft committed between September 2006 and February 2007 totalling £112,574.
She was jailed for 23 months in January.
Stephens was brought back to Wolverhampton Crown Court for a Proceeds of Crime hearing on Friday when it was revealed the outstanding monies she owed were £101,574.
The court heard that she had repaid £11,000.
But Judge Robin Onions said a full investigation into her financial affairs had discovered she had no realisable assets.
He made a confiscation order in the sum of £1.
He told Stephens, of Trumans Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, the £1 must be paid immediately or she would have to serve five days imprisonment in default.
The court had been told that Stephens admitted the thefts on the basis she took the money because of threats made to her ex-partner over his drug debts.
She had worked for the firm on the GWS Industrial Estate as an accounts manager and company secretary.
But when the firm appointed a fully qualified accountant, Stephens failed to turn up for work.
The new accountant then discovered discrepancies in the system, with cheques filled in by Stephens being made payable to herself and monies transferred directly into her bank account.
Stephens left Britain, but she was arrested by police officers at Gatwick Airport as she tried to re-enter the country on a flight from Jamaica.