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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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162Comments
Jan 9, 2013 9:15PM
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Now we know where all the Twinkies went.
Jan 9, 2013 9:11PM
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Who would marry that mental case is beyond me!  She should be shot like an injured horse!
Jan 9, 2013 9:07PM
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Her boss did'nt have the smarts  to check on his employees work. 3 Years dumb boss!
Jan 9, 2013 9:04PM
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She's fat and gross.  She probably had to pay the groom 200k of it.
Jan 9, 2013 9:02PM
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I will refrain from making a comment re the photo of her husband in fear of this guy body slamming me then beating me to pulp.  I don't know why they didn't show a picture of the bride who stole the money.  I guess showing her NFL lineman husband was to protect her identity.  Still doesn't make sense to me.
Jan 9, 2013 8:55PM
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Hell, I'm sure most people will not think it may be worth it if you knew for sure you weren't going to have to pay it back. I cannot believe the Judge she had. Less than 2 years in jail and hardly no restitution. Maybe $20k is what she had left for the honeymoon and since she couldn't go on a honeymoon, she let the court have it. Stupid Is as Stupid Does! Really, I would love to meet this Judge. He is probably fat, ugly, toothless and is now married to his 1st cousin and has twins on the way. He also graduated from **** Law School!! 
Jan 9, 2013 8:54PM
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Pretty gal. She should have been taken off the streets long before the theft. Who would marry that?
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