A cashier is facing a lengthy prison sentence after admitting stealing £1.6 million from her law firm employers in Birmingham.
Louise Martini, 36, lived a secret double life while systematically raiding the accounts of Birmingham-based solicitors Williamson & Soden for seven years.
She pretended to her husband that she was a high-flying, highly-paid accountant taking home up to £70,000 a year.
But in truth she was a cashier, earning around £24,000 a year.
Martini, from Solihull, apparently created the pretence in order to explain to her husband why she had so much money.
She bought fine jewellery from Chanel, shares in a racehorse and the lease of a pub in the village which supposedly inspired Ambridge in The Archers.
The cashier also spent thousands on luxury holidays, designer clothes and stays in country house hotels.
She became "wealthy" by repeatedly stealing from her former firm's accounts. In total, she took a £1,634,582 before she was caught.
At a hearing at Gloucester Crown Court in August, Martini pleaded guilty to theft and money laundering charges.