Bride jailed after stealing $480,000 from her company to pay for her lavish wedding

Published On: Saturday December 15, 2012 12:00 PM
By: Shira Schockett
Bride Kristy Lane
Thirty nine year old single mother, Kristy Lane stole $480,000 from her employers. Approximately $250,000 of it was spent on her ridiculously lavish wedding ceremony.

The wedding was held in The Great Hall at Mains near Blackpool, Lancashire.

The wedding breakfast cooked by celebrity chef Paul Heathcote’s company was supplemented by a swing singer and followed with a free bar and music by a band and DJ.

The children were face painted and were entertained by balloon-modelers and all of the guests were given feathered masks to get into the spirit of the celebration.

Great attention was paid to the smallest details; Lane and each of her bridesmaids were wearing UGG boots matching their outfits to keep them warm for the outdoor pictures. The night concluded with grand fireworks which featured the newlywed’s initials as the centerpiece.

All of Lane’s co-workers were invited to the wedding and were utterly shocked by the level of grandeur.

At first her colleagues tried to be supportive, but eventually their suspicions were confirmed when the company’s finances were inspected in response to complaints.

Lane had been falsifying invoices and transferring the funds into her bank accounts. She nearly destroyed Pure AV videoconferencing because of the devastating losses.

The prosecuting attorney, Kirsten McAteer explained that once Kristy had started stealing money she was unable to stop herself and that she was likely afraid that her fiancé would leave her if she told the truth. Nonetheless, McAteer proved that Lane’s behavior was “fraudulent from the onset,” and Lane pleaded guilty to ten counts of fraud.

Mr. Sutton, Lane’s boss, who was extremely distraught by the scandal explained, “Her actions could have had a massive effect on our business - and not only the business, but our families too. The livelihoods of 20-plus people could have been put in jeopardy.”

I have a feeling that next time someone steals hundreds of thousands of dollars, they will learn from Lane, and not invite the victims to a public display of their newfound wealth!