Wednesday 25th August, 2021
A chartered accountant who stole almost £560,000 from her employer to prop up her struggling food distribution company has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.
She joined Westmill Foods part of Associated British Foods plc in 2011, HP Sauce, Lea & Perrins, Amoy are amongst its brands. Between 2017 and 2019 she paid invoices into her own bank account whilst working in a trusted position.
The fraud came to light after she had left the company for poor performance in 2019, when a supplier complained about not being paid.
Westmill has already taken civil action to recover nearly £800,000 from Patel in stolen funds, interest, and costs. The Evening Standard reported.