Emily McMillan, 28, used the corporate credit cards to pay for a range of services and goods including a friendâs breast enhancement surgery, her brotherâs mortgage and a holiday to Ibiza.
She is thought to have started using the corporate cards after she fell into debt with a colleague who supplied her with drugs.
The Old Bailey heard how drugs became âreadily availableâ through her work contact at the bank while Ms McMillan was subsequently discovered to have taken the money during an audit.
She was ordered to pay back the money, undergo a programme of drug rehabilitation and carry out 100 hours of unpaid community service.
Cathy McCulloch, defending, who was quoted by the Daily Telegraph, said: âSomebody in the organisation was supplying her with those drugs. She became indebted to them and owed quite a lot of money.
âShe was living basically in a dream land, not realising she had drug dependency. She is appalled at herself at what she has done.â
The judge said in most cases, her crime would have led to a jail sentence but he was willing to make an exception as the PA had given up drugs and was already volunteering to help others with similar drug problems to those she had previously faced.
By Jim Ottewill