Thursday 13th December, 2018
A former financial controller at a bus company based in Harrogate defrauded the firm out of almost £90,000 to support his luxury lifestyle.
He falsified invoices and cheques whilst working at Transdev Blazefield the parent company of the Harrogate Bus Company.
Between July 2012 and March 2017, he defrauded the company out of just over £88,000 and spent the money on gift vouchers, an expensive watch and Apple products that he claimed were a legitimate business expense. He also toped up his pension to the tune of £9,000 and bought gardening equipment and fuel.
When he resigned from his job in March 2017 he was still thought of as a trusted member of staff as his actions had still not been discovered.
The fraud came to light later when a number of invoice irregularities were found and an inquiry was launched, he was arrested two months later.
The investigation revealed that none of the £30,000 worth of invoices had been sent out by the company. He had also forged signatures on company cheques worth about £60,000, which he paid into his own account.