A London Underground worker from South Norwood received £100,000 from the Welsh Assembly after officials were duped in to thinking they were paying for its cleaning services.

The assembly made six payments to Tracey Baker, 44, of Farnley Road, between October 2013 and June 2014 believing her account was that of contractors Total Support Services.

Officials were tricked into transferring the money to her account after receiving what turned out to be a false letter claiming that the business's bank details had changed.

In fact the new account belonged to Baker, who pocketed a total of just under £104,000.

Baker pleaded guilty to acquiring criminal property at Croydon Crown Court heard yesterday.

But she denies writing the false letter to the Welsh Assembly. A charge of fraud by false representation in relation will lie on file, Judge Jeremy Gold said.

John-Paul Macnamara, defending, said his client was a wife and mother who had spent all of her life working for the London Underground.
Judge Gold said: "You've pleaded guilty to a very serious criminal offence and there's certainly no guarantee that you won't be going straight to custody."

The case was adjourned for sentencing next month.