Manager stole £37,000 with ‘systematic’ fraud

Worcester News: Manager stole £37,000 with ‘systematic’ fraud Manager stole £37,000 with ‘systematic’ fraud

AN internet sales manager has been jailed for 12 months after he sold a firm’s electrical goods through his own accounts and stole more than £37,000.

Jason Tandy, aged 42, of Brock Lane, Malvern, carried out the fraud for more than a year by setting up a number of different accounts while he was working for Thompsons discount electrical.

Stephen Davies, prosecuting, told Worcester Crown Court Tandy was responsible for managing the internet and eBay sales for the Worcester firm.

The fraud came to light when a customer called to complain about a chainsaw he had bought on eBay.

One of the firm’s directors took the call because Tandy was busy and when he looked into it, he could find no record of the sale.

It was revealed Tandy had set up different accounts using names including bargain4408, bush9911 and his own name and used them to send out the firm’s items and take the payments. He stole more than £34,000 and internet payment site Paypal was unable to provide details of three of the accounts so the figure could have been higher, Mr Davies said.

Tandy also used the firm's own delivery service to send the goods out at a cost of £3,500.

He pleaded guilty to theft totalling £37,500 between August, 2010 and November, 2011. He used the money to pay bills, take a holiday abroad and buy meals out, the court was told.

Mark Lister, defending, said Tandy had £20,000 worth of debts and county court judgments to pay following a failed marriage. He had started a new relationship with responsibility for four children and had “given in to temptation.”

“Having done it once and found it easy, he did it again and again and again,” Mr Lister said. “He was relieved when he was caught because the pressure was off.”

Tandy immediately apologised to his employers and admitted the offence. Mr Lister told the court Tandy had been out of work for a time but had found another job which he would lose if he was sent to jail.

Judge Christopher Plunkett said Tandy had embarked on a “systematic fraud” over a long period of time which he was able to carry out because of the high degree of trust his employers had placed in him.

A proceeds of crime hearing is expected to take place at a later date.

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