A former Leeds finance chief who stole more than £600,000 from his employers could be ordered to hand over his pension money.
Nicholas Dewhirst, 53, was jailed for five years in April after he admitted taking the money while working as a finance controller for DyStar UK Limited between 2003 and 2011.
Bradford Crown Court heard that Dewhirst, of Lane End, Bramley, used the money to pay off spiralling credit card debts and maintain his family’s lifestyle.
Although Dewhirst has been declared bankrupt and the company has obtained a judgement against him for the stolen money, he still faces further proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
His case was listed again at Bradford Crown Court yesterday and Dewhirst’s barrister Jason Pitter said the issue to be resolved at the POCA hearing was in relation to a pension said to be worth around £60,000 which could be ruled to be a realisable asset.
The case was adjourned until October 18.