Council Clerk’s Shopping Addiction Lands Her in Jail

An A U.K. council clerk has been jailed for forging checks worth nearly $200,000 to feed her shopping addiction. Her scheme, getting legitimate checks signed by the council, then heating them up to wipe off the payee’s name, which she’d written in a special ink, and substitute in her own, was pretty clever. She managed to keep this up from 2007 to 2012.  It wasn’t until some of the town council’s accounts started going in the red that any wrongdoing was noticed. The clerk had spent most of her life working with integrity in the public sector, until a shopping addiction either developed or worsened at age 53.

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By Carrie Rattle

Carrie Rattle is a Principal at, a website for women focused on mind and money behaviors. She has worked in the financial services industry for 20+ years and hopes to inspire women to better prepare themselves for financial independence. Read More