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14:30 Sat Sep 22 2012
By MSN NZ staff
A young English bank worker who stole $71,000 to fund plastic surgery and nights out (ThinkStock)
A young English bank worker who stole $71,000 to fund plastic surgery and nights out (ThinkStock)

A young English bank worker who stole $71,000 to fund plastic surgery and nights out and pretended she earned the money as an escort has been jailed for a year.

Law graduate Rachael Martin, who has an eight-year-old son, worked at the Barclays Bank branch in Cornwall where she was responsible for handling cheques.

Between September 2 and October 29 of 2010, Martin stole tens of thousands of dollars from the bank by purposely entering incorrect cheque details into the system.

The 24-year-old then spent the money on a breast enlargement, $2600 worth of dental work, liposuction, jewellery from Tiffany's and nights out where she would spend money on drinks and drugs.

Prosecutor Iain Leadbetter said Martin "spent money like water" on shopping sprees and nail salons.

When she was arrested, Martin claimed she had earned the thousands of dollars by working as an escort and being "a common prostitute".

She later pleaded guilty to 25 counts of theft.

Recorder Jeremy Wright jailed Martin for 52 weeks, taking into consideration she has been suffering "issues" since she was 11.

"Your activity has been aggravated, to some extent, by the fact that suspicion would automatically be thrown on others, even if no other investigation took place," he said.

"You are not [your son's] sole carer, you leave him in the care of your parents whenever you like. Considering the seriousness of the crime... it seems to me a mockery if I didn't send you to prison right away."

Wright will serve half her sentence before being released on license.