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Finance manager abused company to pay for household expenses

Friday 15th July, 2022

A Finance manager who stole more than £55,000 her employer and splashed thousands of pounds in B&Q has been sentenced to 16 months in jail at Manchester Crown Court.

Whilst working at TMJ Contractors on a £33,000 a year salary, she transferred £17,485.70 to her own Santander bank account, and a further £11,539.49 to her Nationwide account.

She also created various unauthorised expenses claims for skip hire, purchases in B&Q amounting to £5,000 and over £5,000 in unexplained cash withdrawals. A company fuel card was used to pay for her and her husband's fuel.

Prosecuting, Thomas Worsfold told the court that her actions were first flagged by her employers on August 21, 2020, when managing director Daniel and operations director wife noticed there were a number of "irregular payments made from the company's bank account to unexpected recipients, such as Nissan, North Face and Lansdowne Motors." The Manchester Evening News Reported.

He said: "Investigations revealed the defendant had adopted a practice of allowing payments on the company's account with repayment supposedly through wages.

“On occasion, legitimate payments would be made to payees. This method was designed to conceal her fraudulent practice."

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