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Trusted Accounts Manager Jailed For Fraud

Friday 3rd May, 2024

A trusted and long standing accounts manager who worked for the same company for 25 years has been jailed for 18 months for stealing from her employer.

She was responsible for overseeing invoicing, balancing ledgers, paying wages and suppliers and looking after staff pensions.

The stolen money was used to fund caravan holidays, trips to Spain and a DIY pop-up pub in her newly refurbished garden. She enjoyed UK staycation trips, holidays in the Costa Blanca, Spain and Skiathos in Greece.

The theft was only discovered after she had retired from her role at J Shaw Electricals and her successor started to investigate suspicious transactions going back 13 years.

She had been syphoning company cash into three bank accounts - two in her name and one in her husband’s name. On her last day at the firm in July 2021 she was presented with various cards, flowers and other gifts whilst a buffet was laid on for her by colleagues.

During her retirement, she boasted on Facebook about get togethers with her husband and friends, and posted pictures of her caravan heading to the Lake District.

Mr Whitehead who runs the firm with his younger brother told the court: ''We're a small family business and we like to think there is a family atmosphere with the business. Patricia was brought into our family almost 25 years ago and we trusted her.” 

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