The Mons Criminal Court sentenced a former bailiff, who had resigned her position, on Tuesday. She received a punishment of three years imprisonment with the substitution of a five-year suspended sentence in respect of half of the prison sentence, and a fine of €6,000 for embezzlement of €453,000, reports the online publication La Province. The women must also reimburse the sums embezzled. Her lawyer says that she intends to lodge an appeal.
In debt, the accused had previously explained her position to the Bailiffs’ Court. She resigned in 2015, after 39 years of service, and her office premises in Frameries was taken over by a colleague, La Province indicated.
According to her statements the accused, acquitted of forgery and making use of forged documents with the intent to defraud, was not able to cover her professional expenses, which drove her to use the money that she recovered from her creditors on behalf of her clients.
Her lawyer, who argued for the suspension of passing sentence, said that she acted solely with the aim of saving her business and not for personal enrichment.
The Brussels Times