In 2013, a large quantity of cash was seized as part of a police investigation and placed into the property store at Attercliffe Police Station, Sheffield, where Fletcher was employed as Property Store Team Leader.
As part of her role, Fletcher was responsible for managing cash within the store. She informed the officer in charge of the investigation she had counted the cash and banked the money in the force account. In reality, Fletcher had banked £98,500 into her own bank account and only £1,500 into the force account. She subsequently left SYP in 2015.
The theft came to light in summer 2017, when a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) investigation connected to the seized money requested the cash. When it couldn’t be found, an investigation was launched.
This led to the discovery that Fletcher had stolen £63,548 in pension and allowance benefits from the DWP between October 2011 and July 2016. The benefit payments were for her mother, who was in a care home, to be used for fees and associated costs. No fees were ever paid.
Officers then found that in 2011, Fletcher received £116,527 from the sale of her mother’s property. The proceeds were intended to cover care home fees. Of this money, £68,624.26 was paid towards the fees, with about £15,000 given to another family member.
The remaining amount was spent by Fletcher and resulted in the charge of theft from the person of another.