Headmistress accused of using school credit card for trip


Melanie Rose, 45, is alleged to have abused her position at the Ben Jonson Primary School, in Tower Hamlets, by dishonestly claiming expenses

Melanie Rose, 45, is alleged to have abused her position at the Ben Jonson Primary School, in Tower Hamlets, by dishonestly claiming expenses

Melanie Rose, 45, is alleged to have abused her position at the Ben Jonson Primary School, in Tower Hamlets, by dishonestly claiming expenses

A headmistress is accused of using a school credit card to go on a holiday to New York and buy her husband a £2,000 Apple laptop.

Melanie Rose, 45, is alleged to have abused her position at the Ben Jonson Primary School, in Tower Hamlets, by dishonestly claiming expenses. 

She faces fraud charges for buying the laptop, her trip to the US in December 2012 and a taxi fare for which a petty cash claim of more than £1,100 was later submitted.

Rose is also said to have made a string of petty cash claims to cover staff meals at restaurants. 

All of the alleged offences are said to have been uncovered following an audit carried out when Rose left her position.

Rose denies three counts of fraud allegedly committed between 2010 and 2013, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.

Judge Nicholas Huskinson set her trial, expected to last four to five days, for 4 September.

Rose, from Loughton in Essex, was bailed ahead of trial at the same court on that date.

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