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Thief's Elvis collection to be sold at auction

Sat Jan 07, 2006 3:08 am

LONDON (AP) - A court ruled Friday that hundreds of rare Elvis Presley records and pieces of memorabilia collected by a woman who stole almost $1 million from her employer must be auctioned to repay her debt.
Lincoln Crown Court in eastern England said money raised at the auction should be used to repay Julie Wall’s employer, North Kesteven District Council.
Prosecutors said Wall, of Sleaford, eastern England, stole the money over a 10-year period while she worked as a cashier for the council, and spent the money at collectors’ fairs and specialty stores across Britain.
“There is a vast quantity of Elvis Presley memorabilia currently being held by the police,” prosecutor James Dennison told the court.
He said the total value of the collection, which includes rare recordings, will not be known until it is sold by a High Court official.
Dennison told the court that Wall’s job at the council, where she had worked for more than 30 years, was to deposit takings from the parking meters into the council’s bank account. Instead, she pocketed the money, making up to $18,000 a month.
Dennison said Wall’s crime was only discovered in July last year when an internal audit revealed that a large sum of money was missing.
Since being found guilty of theft, Wall has declared herself bankrupt following her conviction, and the Elvis collection is her only asset.
Luke Blackburn, Wall’s lawyer, said his client had complied fully with the investigation into her crime and had arranged for the memorabilia to be valued.
Judge William Harbage told Wall she would face three years in jail if her debt was not repaid.

Sat Jan 07, 2006 4:43 am

elvissessions wrote:-
Judge William Harbage told Wall she would face three years in jail if her debt was not repaid.


Actually, she was jailed for 3 years last October.

Sat Jan 07, 2006 10:46 pm

Does that mean she can keep her memorabilia?

Geoff

Sun Jan 08, 2006 1:51 am

tupelo_boy wrote:Does that mean she can keep her memorabilia?

Geoff


No.

They are selling it off to try to recoup some of the missing £500,000 !

Sun Jan 08, 2006 5:32 pm

I should have winked :wink:

Geoff :lol:

Mon Jan 16, 2006 8:11 am

So the High Court Official is going to be selling illegal bootlegs? :lol: I'm pretty sure many items will fall into that category.