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Two accounts workers jailed for £300,000 fraud at small firm

Wednesday 19th February, 2020

Two women have been jailed after being convicted of a fraud at their former employer a family run business in Berkshire.

They were employed to run the accounts and payroll admin office for the small engineering company. As trusted members of staff they had complete control of the accounts and payroll systems.

Joy Liddiard had pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud by abuse of position and was sentenced to two years and eight months’ imprisonment. While her colleague Beverly Taylor was sentenced to two years three months’ imprisonment.

The fraud comprised of hundreds of transactions over an eight-year period amounting to a total of £316,740. The money was used for expensive holidays, the purchase of new cars and a residence in a luxury riverside apartment.

As part of the fraud, Taylor had her wages paid twice each month and Liddiard profited by purchasing two new cars, funded from the business account.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Mike Bettington of Bracknell and Wokingham CID, said: “This local engineering firm put its faith and trust in these two people to run their accounts and payroll."

“Their actions to defraud the company was a massive breach of this trust and was done in order to fund their extravagant lifestyles."

“Liddiard and Taylor amassed a huge loss to the company which has had a devastating impact to the local business."