A TUBBY payroll clerk who stole almost £100,000 from her bosses to help fund her transformation into a glamorous lifestyle coach is facing jail.
Leanne Rungay, 28, lost pounds in weight as she made them in cash by stealing from the recruitment company where she worked.
The fiddling fatty lost five stone in weight and dropped five dress sizes, from an 18 to a slender eight, as she used her ill-gotten gains to transform herself with diet and exercise in the gym.
After losing weight, Rungay posted sexy selfies in skimpy outfits on Instagram and continues to promote herself on the site as a ‘wellness’ coach and distributor for American diet product giant Herbalife.
The mum, of Basildon, Essex, boasts of being able to “help others look and feel great” and tells in a promotional advert how she joined a Quickstart Wellness fit club after starting her diet at the start of 2014.
Rungay lost 13 per cent of her body fat and gushed :
“I don’t ever see myself without my Herbalife products.
“I have loads of energy, I am not bloated and it’s convenient for me as it saves me time whipping up a shake while I am working and being a mum.
“Having the support from my coach and the community at the fit clubs helped me stay on track and most importantly helped me find me again.”
Before and after photos posted online by Rungay show her dramatic weight loss as she morphed from obesity into a pouting beauty with a new wardobe of clothes.
But the diddling dieter now faces life without Herbalife behind bars.
Six months after she began her diet, Rungay began siphoning money from Central London-based employers Spencer Ogden, a specialist energy sector recruitment firm.
She transferred a total of £94,934.83 from the company into her own savings account during a 15-month period while her weight was continuing to plunge.
London’s Westminster Magistrates Court heard how Rungay worked in the billing and payroll department at the Charlotte Street firm.
Prosecutor Kate Shilton said:
“‘Whilst employed by Spencer Ogden between 21st June 2014 and 16th September 2015, in the billing assistance and payroll department, the defendant transferred money from the company business account to her own savings account.
“The amount was just short of £95,000.”
Rungay admitted one count of theft by employee.
Deputy District Judge Adrian Turner ruled the case was too serious to be dealt with by magistrates, whose powers are limited to imposing tariffs of up to six months imprisonment.
Instead, Judge Turner bailed Rungay to appear for sentencing at Southwark Crown Court on a date to be fixed.
Credits: The Sun UK
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