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Accounts Assistant jailed for fraud at housing association

Wednesday 17th November, 2021

An Accounts Assistant has been sentenced to four years in jail for stealing from his employer between November 2018 and March 2019.

Whilst employed at South Staffordshire Housing Association he changed the bank account details on a supplier’s account to divert the money into his own online account. This amounted to £118,949.66.

According to the investigation, he altered remittance advice slips to a different address so that the supplier did not receive notification of the payment. The fraud was not discovered until he left the company, and a supplier was chasing payments.

DC Kelly Harvey, of Staffordshire Police, said: “He stole public money in order to keep up the lifestyle standard that he had become accustomed to, which had a huge impact on the services that the company could deliver to the communities it supports. His offending behaviour shows that not even his own family were safe from his fraudulent activities.”

He also took out finance on an Audi A6 he purchased online in his mother’s name and failed to keep up the repayments. The vehicle was eventually recovered by BMW Financial Services, leaving them with a loss of £10,750.82.

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