Mr Walker said the reason the amount taken from the petty cash account
increased was because employees preferred to have expenses paid in cash and tax free.
The CAP Money system advises to put the correct amounts of money in your regular payments account and your cash account
, and then simply transfer the rest into your savings account.
It is claimed Wootton-Thomas, who was put in charge of managing the petty cash account
used for staff expenses, wrote out 75 cheques, each for PS500, and kept the money herself or siphoned it into her elderly mother's bank account.
In total, 76 cheques were written out from the petty cash account
- all but one, "countersigned" by another employee who was on long-term sick leave for some of the period, it was alleged.
She forged the required second signature then faked an inflated balance sheet to cover her tracks when the petty cash account
went into the red.
The country's biggest savings bank and mortgage lender was responding to criticism of a pilot scheme aimed at encouraging those with basic Card Cash accounts
to use cash machines, the telephone and the internet for transactions.
But for this first year alone the limit is pounds 7,000, of which pounds 3,000 can go into a cash account
The court had previously heard how the petty cash account
was used for staff expenses like car parking, and would only need topping up by between PS100 and PS125 each month.
City Hall critics raise similar questions about the petty cash account
, accusing officials of showing little regard for the public at a time when city fees are being hiked and services cut.
CPAs with unaudited clients can provide additional services by suggesting a periodic examination of the cash account
In total, 76 cheques were written from the petty cash account
- all but one "counter-signed" by another employee who was actually on longterm sick leave for part of the period, it was alleged.