A crooked accountant who caused job losses at a century-old roofing firm after defrauding it out of more than £50,000 has been ordered to pay compensation.
Jennifer Tansey was given a two-year jail sentence for fraud in 2014 over the deception at Leeds-based Pickles Brothers, one of the city’s best known roofing firms.
Tansey, 45, carried out the offence while working as business office manager by transferring cash from the company’s bank account into her own and forging signatures on company cheques.
The offence came to light in September 2013 when managing director Gary Shaw noticed that a sum of £1,240 had been paid out of the company’s bank to Tansey.
When asked about the amount, Tansey said she had borrowed it because her family needed help but intended to pay it back.
Further investigation showed 33 dishonest transactions had been made from August 2012 for sums ranging from £740 to £1,200. More than £51,000 was stolen in total.
Tansey returned to Leeds Crown Court to face a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Duncan Ritchie, prosecuting, said Tansey benefitted by £51,448 as a result of her offending.
The court heard Tansey had available assets of £42,192. Judge James Spencer, QC, ordered that the sum be paid in compensation to Pickles Brothers. At Tansey’s sentencing hearing two years ago, prosecutor Robert Galley said jobs were lost as a result of the difficulites they suffered due to her offending.
Tansey started working at the company as an office junior when she was 15 before becoming an accountant and being appointed office manager.
Graham Parkin, mitigating, said at the time: “I think that the court can be assured that this lady will never be before the criminal courts again.”
Jailing Tansey, Recorder Timothy Hirst said: “You had a particularly significant role and were substantially trusted in that position to safeguard their affairs. There has been job losses and that is a very significant feature of this case.”
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