A WOMAN who stole more than £800,000 in charity donations has been ordered to pay back just over £56,000 in compensation.

Appearing at Reading Crown Court via video link on Monday, February 24, Amanda Bishop was told to pay £56,005.31 within three months, with a default period of nine months.

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Bishop, of Damson Drive, Mortimer, is currently serving a sentence of five years in prison following a court case in May last year.

Bishop kept money intended to help GroceryAid, and had volunteered with the Sandhurst-based charity for 23 years.

She ascended to the role of treasurer, but was found to have been stealing from them over a period of six years.

She was the driving force behind an annual gala dinner, organised to raise money for the charity, which included the sale of raffle tickets at £20 per piece.

Bishop had taken the money raised from the sale of the raffle tickets home with her and said she would pay it into the charity's funds, but on seven occasions she kept most of the money for herself.

During her police interviews, Bishop had admitted taking a smaller amount of money, only later admitting before magistrates to fraud by abuse of position and seven counts of theft by an employee

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Prosecuting for the repayment at the case on Monday, Francis Gaskin advised a three-month repayment period for Bishop.

Bishop was told she will have to return to court if there is a problem.