Employee who stole £100k from the Eden Project is jailed

Sarah Fletcher, 48, of Par in Cornwall, pleaded guilty at Truro Crown Court and was sentenced to 15 months in prison

Sarah Fletcher
Sarah Fletcher

An Eden Project employee has been jailed for 15 months after stealing more than £100,000 from the organisation.

Sarah Fletcher, 48, from Par in Cornwall, last week pleaded guilty at Truro Crown Court to one count of theft by an employee and was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

Fletcher, who was a purchase manager at the Eden Project, stole £107,753 over almost two and a half years until she was dismissed in February 2016.

She had worked at the charity for 12 years.

A spokesman for the Eden Project said no charitable or grant funding was affected by Fletcher’s actions and the money was stolen from trading revenues.

"Sarah Fletcher was the Eden Project's purchase ledger manager. She worked in a position of trust at Eden for 12 years," the spokesman said.

"We were dismayed when it came to light that she had exploited that position and stolen money from Eden during her last two and half years of employment. The theft was uncovered by an internal investigation and she was dismissed in February of this year. We regret that we failed to establish sooner that money was being taken."

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