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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 9, 2013 8:54PM
Pretty gal. She should have been taken off the streets long before the theft. Who would marry that?
Jan 9, 2013 8:52PM
>1/4 million on her wedding!!?? Dang thats alotta silk to cover her up. She has to be mentally handi-capped or something along that order. Then she only has to pay back 28 of the 270K she stole??
Jan 9, 2013 8:52PM
I think the whole story is a fraud. Who in their right mind would want to marry her??!!
Jan 9, 2013 8:52PM
She should change her name to Christy 4 Lanes.
Jan 9, 2013 8:51PM
None of her guests wondered where she got the money to have such a ridiculous wedding? Magicians really? How tacky! 

This woman is a moron!!
Jan 9, 2013 8:45PM
I want to see a photo of her in her wedding gown and her so-called hubby. Didn't he and the rest of her family wonder how she was paying for all of this?  You know they did!! Where was Daddy?  The entire family should have to pay back that money and the ugly, fat **** bride should sit in a cell until it is all paid back. 

Jan 9, 2013 8:42PM
Seems she was cooking the books next to her cheese burgers on the grill
Jan 9, 2013 8:38PM
I have worked for many places, most of which involved cash in some fashion, but I have never understood how someone could steal like that and still come in day after day and look their employer in the eye like nothing's going on.  This should be a lesson to ALL small business owners that there has to be some kind of measures in place to check for things like this.  3 years is a long time to go without an audit!
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