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There is no way of avoiding it going to court I'm afraid. You are charged and so you are going to court at this stage.
Had you admitted it in interview there was an outside chance of a caution but probably not for £12,500 I'm afraid.
Whether you should admit it or not depends on the strength of the evidence. If it is admissible and compelling then you would have to plead guilty. If not then you should probably be fighting it in the sense that you can put them to proof rather than deny anything that is true.
Can I clarify anything for you?
If you can't deny it then the right thing to do would be to answer no comment to questions.
In terms of punishment, it is a big amount but this is a first offence which is helpful. It probably does cross the custodial threshold but you won't get custody. It is going to be a high level community order though.
No, don't admit it until the evidence is assessed. There is never any point in doing that.