A COUNCIL worker was sentenced to five and a half years in prison at Isleworth Crown Court today after she pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, theft and concealing criminal property.
Jenny McDonagh, 39 worked at Kensington And Chelsea Council as a finance manager and spent over £62,000 of money intended for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire on items such as luxury holidays to Dubai and Los Angeles, dining at expensive restaurants and even a gambling spree.
Over half the money, £32,000, went on the gambling binge as she racked up £16,000 worth of losses. She also stole £35,000 while working for the NHS.
Sentencing her to prison, Judge Robin Johnson said the scale of her dishonesty “beggars belief”: “You knew exactly what these funds were for and the importance of them for the residents. The scale of your dishonesty in this fraud beggars belief.”
He went onto express the hope that the money could be recovered.