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Finance manager jailed for fraud over £300k

Thursday 4th July, 2024

A finance manager whose crimes cost her employer hundreds of thousands of pounds has been jailed for more than three years at York Crown Court.

She worked as a finance manager for a group of Knaresborough-based companies in North Yorkshire from March 2021 to November 2022, when she was dismissed.

A review then identified fraudulent payments from company accounts to her accounts, including a current account, a credit card and a council tax account.

North Yorkshire Police were called in, and a criminal investigation was launched. Chambers was arrested and interviewed. Police enquiries identified fraudulent transactions totalling more than £34,000.

Further discrepancies were discovered in the accounts in relation to an invoice discounting facility which saw the company having to pay back over £300,000 due to her actions.

She was charged with two counts of fraud by abuse of position at York Crown Court. After she pleaded guilty at the same court in May 2024.

After the hearing, DC Amy Webster Gonzalez, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “Chambers’ crimes caused significant financial damage to a local business with a good reputation, risked the livelihoods of other staff members, and put significant financial and emotional strain on company directors.

“She abused her position for her own selfish gain. But her dishonesty was uncovered, and the investigation has ensured she has now faced justice for her actions.”

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