Elvis fan stole 500,000 in parking coins
“This is quite a remarkable collection. I would say that collectors will find lots of things of interest.”
Thousands of pieces of Elvis Presley memorabilia are up for auction after their owner was jailed for funding her passion for the King through larceny. via Times Online
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#1 Jun 4, 2007
Thousands of pieces of Elvis Presley memorabilia are up for auction after their owner was jailed for funding her passion for the King through larceny.
Excited fans are already studying a catalogue that could raise £500,000.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is putting the collection up for sale next month after confiscating it from Julie Wall, 46, who pleaded guilty to theft and was jailed for three years in 2005.
Working as a cashier for North Kesteven District Council in Lincolnshire, she was in charge of counting the weekly takings from the councils eight car parks.
She took £10,000 in coins each month. She held back hundreds of pounds from each cash box then exchanged them for notes used in other council operations.
She hid the money in her handbag and simply walked out of the offices in Sleaford. Wall is thought to have stolen £557,327 and 11 pence between January 1996 and July 2005. A confiscation order was later made for £597,000.
Wall, who was said to be in the grip of an exceptional habit, used the money to buy thousands of records, DVDs, CDs and signed mementoes.
Most of the collection was just stored in the attic of the home she shared with her parents.
The items she bought include a large collection of lobby cards publicity photo cards for films magazines, film programmes, Christmas cards, and numerous records and LPs including some rare Japanese pressings.
There are 668 Elvis lots, among them souvenirs such as fridge magnets, mugs and records issued from countries including Israel, Mexico, Malay-sia, Peru and Uruguay.
According to the CPS, which has had the collection valued by a leading Elvis expert, lots that will attract serious collectors include a 1964 Elvis credit card receipt from his Texaco Gas account, an autographed copy of the album A date with Elvis and a limited edition of the first Elvis Presley CD to be released. A rare Japanese EP, an extended version of the standard single vinyl record, of Love Me Tender could fetch £10,000 or more.
Gary Balch, head of the CPS confiscation unit, said yesterday that the profits from the auction would be paid back to the council, which employed Wall for 30 years.
Although Mr Balch was pessimistic that the auction would recoup the councils losses, Julie Mundy, who runs one of the main Elvis websites in Britain, said:This is quite a remarkable collection. I would say that collectors will find lots of things of interest.
She added:This is causing quite a buzz. There has not been an auction like this in the UK.
Chris Gill, who runs a shop of Elvis memorablia in London and sold material to Wall, said:Its not an extraordinary collection but its something someone could get with unlimited funds, which she had. There are some cream pieces but a lot of it is the run of the mill.
He said:She was insatiable. She probably did in nine years what most of us collectors spend a lifetime at. I thought she was on a mega allowance.
#2 Jun 4, 2007
Well this is what can happen when collecting beccomes an obsession.I really feel sorry for the lady.I think taking away her collection would have been punishment enough after all she was only taking the money the council had "robbed" from people.
#3 Mar 3, 2013
Can't really blame the girl, can you?
Since: Jul 08
#4 Mar 4, 2013
No of course not Lee, it's quite normal, you know...just like a heroin addict stealing to get the next fix. You really are a sad person.
#5 Mar 5, 2013
Bless her heart. She was just too Elvissed out. I'm sure she couldn't help herself. Funny.
#6 Mar 6, 2013
She is mentally ill - severely addicted to Elvis. Now the friends and loved ones who are selling elvis's personal things - figured the only way they got those was by stealing from Elvis when he lived and they were in Graceland - THATS EVEN MORE DISGUSTING.
When he passed, every teeny thing in that mansion belonged to Lisa Marie - Ginger nor any member of the mafia or family had a right to take a thing. I mean how are "underwear and a half finished cigar" being sold - had to be STOLE from the house, ugh. eek
I bet some people still even had needles that were last used an injections for his "attacks" - suprised those are not on auction or are they???
#7 Mar 6, 2013
I think they have been.
I doubt that Lisa would miss a half smoked cigar. As for the underwear, that has already been on sale too.
I feel sorry for the girl, though. She probably valued the stuff more than anyone else would have.
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