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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 7:57PM
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It probably cost that much just to make a custom wedding gown to fit ...
Jan 9, 2013 7:56PM
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Yeah right...she had to use that much money to find a wedding dress that actually fit her!!!
Jan 9, 2013 7:54PM
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I agree with Howard Lee. Did her paremts not teach her right and wrong? It is wrong to steal, and eat a gallon of ice cream at midnight?
Jan 9, 2013 7:47PM
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What the internal auditors were doing ? goofying off.... !

Jan 9, 2013 7:44PM
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She needed something over the top to offset the fact that she makes Rosie O'Donnell look good
Jan 9, 2013 7:43PM
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Take the money out of her hide. Make her pay for life.
Jan 9, 2013 7:41PM
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Seem no one has to fully pay for their crimes. In 2006, my half-sister embezzled $100,000 from the Kirkland, WA Eagles, and was only required to pay back only half, and spent less than 5 days in jail. On top of that, she stole the identity of our mother and my father in the sum of over $30,000; in addition, she and her boyfriend falsified documents to steal another $36,000 from the sale of the estate real estate, didn't report my mother's death to my father's pension fund pocketing a few thousand $$ there, and even sold off all the personal property receiving even more money from the estate. She lived in our mother's home for nearly a year, not paying the mortgage; forcing a sale to avoid foreclosure. The county prosecutor decided not to press charges. How can anyone learn a lesson for crimes they commit if they aren't punished to the fullest extent of the law, and only given a slap on the wrist.

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