A loan company agent who fiddled loans for herself has been ordered to pay more than £5,000 in compensation.
Mother of two Danielle Kane, 25, turned to crime when her partner lost the two jobs he had to support the family.
She pocketed cash paid by customers of Provident Personal Credit Ltd and she took out loans in the names of her stepmother and a friend without telling them.
Jonnie Walker, prosecuting for Provident, said that when the offences came to light she admitted taking £5814 over 10 weeks after working for the company since September 2014.
He said that she was interviewed about the thefts and fraudulent loans in November last year and she confessed.
Mr Walker said that until then her stepmother and the friend had no idea that they were down in the books as taking out loans.
He said that Kane, who had a collecting round in Hartlepool, had no previous convictions.
Uzma Khan, defending, said that Kane and her partner had since broken up and she and the children aged five and six were living with her mother.
She now had a new job working for an energy company. She pleaded guilty when she appeared before Hartlepool magistrates, and she had offered to pay compensation.
Miss Khan said that Kane had been a Provident customer herself and two years ago she had been advised to become a self-employed agent.
The judge said that he accepted that she was remorseful for what she had done.
Judge Simon Phillips QC told her: “If you find yourself in financial difficulties in the future you can contact the Probation Service or confide in members of your family.
“But I have read the pre-sentence report and there is every expectation that this will be your only appearance before this and any court.”
Kane, of Greenbeck Road, Stockton, was given a six months jail sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £5814 compensation at £100 a month starting in January after she pleaded guilty to five offences of false representation, theft and fraud.
The judge said that he would not order her to pay the costs of the private prosecution which would be assessed and paid from public funds.