Dishonest employee in Pay Pal scam escapes prison
Friday 6th January 2017 @ 16:22 by Nigel P.
Ashton Dukinfield News

A Dukinfield woman employed as a bookkeeper managed to cheat her employer out of more than £20,000 over a period of several years.

But her fraud was discovered when she left the her job at Ashton based Headsets 4 business in February last year.

An audit discovered several unauthorised transfers from the company Pay Pal account had been diverted into unauthorised personal bank accounts.

After pleading guilty at earlier court hearing, 36 -year-old Wendy Horrocks, of Dukinfield, was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, at Manchester Crown Court, Minshull Street, on Thursday 5 January 2017.

Horrocks pleaded guilty to defrauding Headsets 4 Business between 20 February 2014 and 16 February 2016.

She worked as the bookkeeper for the company, between April 2012 and February 2016 and it was only when Horrocks left the company in February 2016 that the fraud was realised when a number of unauthorised transfers were discovered when the Pay Pal accounts were reviewed.

Horrocks had been diverting funds between November 2013 and February 2016.

Once the money had been diverted into the unauthorised accounts Horrocks then spent the company money on her own living expenses, while also splashing out on a Michael Kors watch and handbags, and Ralph Lauren clothing.

The total loss to the company amounted to £22,502.

In addition to the suspended prison sentence, Horrocks was given a rehabilitation order and must pay an £85 victim surcharge.

A Proceeds of Crime Act hearing has been set for 27 April 2017 to determine a timetable for when the stolen money must be paid back.

Detective Constable Laura Watson, of GMP’s Fraud Investigation Team, said: “For two-and-a-half years Horrocks systematically abused a position that came with a high level of responsibility.

“Her crimes amounted to serious financial losses to the very company which paid her wages and placed a large amount of trust in her.

“Her sentence shows how robustly the courts deal with fraud and should send a firm message to anyone who thinks they can get away with it.” has been given a suspended prison sentence.