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Finance Manager sentenced for £1.8 million fraud

Friday 12th November, 2021

An employee was sentenced to five-and-a-half-years for defrauding her employer out of approximately £1.8 million at Dungannon Crown Court.

She was responsible for the finances at Northern Mouldings Limited a part of Heron Brothers based in Northern Ireland. Even though she was paid a good salary, she filtered the cash from the company putting it on the verge of collapse.

To support her lavish lifestyle, she spent £360,000 on general expenditure, £356,000 on property development and £311,000 on interior design at her luxury home. She spent a further £231,000 on fashion and beauty and £145,000 on buying jewellery.

She made up false bank statements and forged the signature of a former employee. She then forged a bank mandate to enable her to countersign cheques to herself and create fake invoices.

Detective Constable McKee from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Economic Crime Unit said: “This was a serious crime in which Julie McBrien defrauded her employer out of approximately £1.8 million for her own personal gain. She was given a position of trust and in return she chose to abuse that trust.

“Her actions have had far reaching consequences for her employers who worked tirelessly to establish their company and who, in spite of their immense financial loss, continue to contribute to the economy by employing people from the local community.

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