Hollie Johnson, 35, pictured outside Southwark Crown Court today, was spending a fortune on 'boosters' which help players get to the next level of a game
A property tycoon's PA who stole £8,000 from her boss to pay for her addiction to Candy Crush and other gaming apps has been spared jail.
Hollie Johnson, 35, was spending a fortune on 'boosters' which help players get to the next level of a game.
She pilfered £8,830 from Joey Esfandi, chief executive of Dwyer Estates, before she was caught.
Mr Esfandi is behind the sale of some of Britain's grandest homes, including £65m Athlone House on the edge of Hampstead Heath in northwest London.
He trusted Johnson to handle his personal finances and gave her access to company credit cards.
Jason Seetal, prosecuting, said: 'This defendant was hired to be the personal assistant for Mr Esfandi who was the chairman of a property company named Dwyer.
'She began employment in February last year and she had a duty to maintaining his diaries as well as managing personal finances and business finances.
'As part of those duties she was given access to Mr Esfandi's online financial accounts, the company profiles and also a credit card of an ex-employee which she was instructed to cancel. That card was not cancelled.
'Mr Esfandi became concerned about some transactions that were made on business credit card there were also inconsistencies, namely transactions that weren't tallied up.
'Some of these transactions have been investigated and in total £11,500 worth of transactions were made which were not authorised.
'They are purchases on an iTunes account for applications such as Candy Crush.
'He had a conversation around September with the defendant to discuss some of the finances.
Hollie Johnson, 35, was spending a fortune on 'boosters' which help players get to the next level of a game on Candy Crush and other gaming apps (pictured: stock image)
'When he tried to have this conversation he says she didn't seem to understand where the money had gone.
'He therefore felt it was more a case