Leeds thief stole thousands to blow on strippers

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A convicted fraudster gave himself a glowing CV to get jobs with two trusting employers then cheated them as well, spending over £3,000 at strip clubs.

Leeds Crown Court heard Richard Paul Adamson was jailed for 15 months at Bradford Crown Court in 2011 for fraud offences on four separate firms of solicitors for whom he worked.

After his release he spotted an advert for an accountancy assistant with Shop 52 and Involution Ltd, a business selling promotional materials, with a salary of £15,500.

Chris Smith prosecuting said Adamson got the job and started work in July 2012.

Mr Smith said it was discovered he had not submitted a VAT return which led to the firm being fined and fellow staff became increasingly suspicious about the personal details he had given because some of them were inconsistent.

On December 28 one colleague found press reports about his past conviction on the internet, causing immediate concern, and an audit was begun.

He had spent more than £5,000 of the £15,000 defrauded at various high street shops and between October 8 and January 7 last year over £3,500 at strip clubs in Leeds. When arrested he blamed his drinking.

He was on bail and facing prosecution when he got a job as an accounts administrator with Octopus Residential, a family-run letting agency in Chapeltown, Leeds, highlighting his honesty and trustworthiness in his CV.

Suspicions were again raised when his attendance became poor and he was found to have stolen £12,000.

Adamson, 35, of Town Street, Armley, Leeds, admitted fraud and theft and was jailed for a total of 38 months.

Judge Sally Cahill QC said the impact on the two firms had been devastating.

James Keeley representing Adamson said his remorse was sincere.

After the case Phil Knowles of Octopus Residential said: “We are pleased with the sentence and we hope it will prevent him from offending again.”

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