Rugeley Town Council’s former assistant town clerk has been jailed for four years for embezzling nearly a quarter of a million pounds from the authority over two years. 42-year-old Rebecca Mason from Burntwood was said by the judge at Stafford Crown Court to have lived a lavish lifestyle, motivated by greed. She admitted embezzling the funds by transferring sums into her own bank account. The court heard she had marriage and family problems.. The judge said she had admitted a gross breach of trust of a sustained and sophisticated nature. He said projects planned by the council had been jeopardised by her theft.