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Secretary who stole £1.2m from her property tycoon bosses to splash out on luxury cars thanks judge who spared her jail


A SECRETARY who stole nearly £1.2million from her property tycoon bosses thanked a judge as she was spared jail.

Samina Khan, 48, bought a fleet of luxury cars including an Aston Martin, Porsches and Mercedes, plus personalised number plates.

The mum of one fiddled books and forged signatures at Landmark and Duram Properties over 13 years — even taking £159,000 from one of her bosses’ daughter’s personal accounts.

Khan, of Dagenham, East London, destroyed chequebooks to hide her thefts but a suspicious transaction was spotted.

She was spared jail after Recorder Quincy Whitaker heard Khan cares for both her son, six, and husband, who has mental health difficulties.

The judge said: “In any other circumstances, you would have gone to prison.”

"I hear that would lead to your son going into care."

"Having taken into account the circumstances that led to your offending, your husband's mental health issues."

"The best outcome for your son that won't devastate and possibly destroy his life is for you to remain caring for him."

Khan, who admit­ted theft charges, said: “Thank you so much.”

She got a suspended two-year jail term and 250 hours of community service.

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