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Bride steals $273K for extravagant wedding

Harpist? Check. Canapés? Check. 20 months in jail? Yup.

By Kristin Wong Jan 9, 2013 4:15PM

Kirsty Lane walked down the aisle and then into the pokey. In 2011, the then 30 year-old bride threw an over-the-top wedding using $272,986 stolen from her employer.

Lane was a financial administrator for home theater company Pure AV. She siphoned hundreds of thousands from her employer and plead guilty to 10 counts of fraud. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA WireLane was eventually sentenced to 20 months in jail. But after throwing a wedding that could rival The Royals', Lane was recently only required to repay her boss $28,633.

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So what exactly was included in this quarter of a million dollar ceremony?

Lane used the stolen money to hire a harpist to greet guests at her wedding, and her bridesmaids were given jewel-encrusted iPods. An award-winning chef provided the reception catering, and, of course, there was an open bar.

Oh, right. We almost forgot about the magicians and fireworks display.

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"I hope she has learnt her lesson," said Peter Sutton, company director of Pure AV. He told the Daily Mail that Lane's theft cost two employers their jobs and, eventually, cost the company a total of $481,740.

"It is very disappointing considering she has gained so much and had to pay back so little."

Lane made 122 payments to herself over the course of three years, but she was finally placed under suspicion when a customer asked about an invoice. Days after her wedding, Lane was put in jail.

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Jan 17, 2013 4:41AM
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The groom is equally as guilty.  What happen to him???
Jan 15, 2013 9:07PM
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I could think of so many better things to spend $273K on.
Jan 15, 2013 5:58PM
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There aren't many people who wouldn't go to the pokey for $13,700 a month for 20 months. Oh wait a minute, I forgot, our criminal INjustice system made her repay 28,000 (which she probably never will, with no consequences). So thats a bout $12,300 a month or $147,600 a year. The ultimate cost to the business was almost a half million and 2 people lost their jobs. We truly do live in the land of opportunity. The judges are the real real criminals.
Jan 10, 2013 12:56AM
Jan 10, 2013 12:52AM
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spay  her so  she does not reproduce
Jan 10, 2013 12:36AM
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The judicial branch of our govt is weak and corrupt.  They reward those that lie, cheat and steal.  The judge is a moron just one of many. Wow he taught her a lesson. All she needs to do is embezzle another 250k bury 190k and pay off this 28k debt and the next 28k debt.

Jan 10, 2013 12:33AM
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Good grief....."learnt", one word is worth a thousand pictures ;)
Jan 10, 2013 12:33AM
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her future husband must have been blind, i would not marry that pig if you paid me 279000 dollars
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