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Two sentenced for fraud by false representation offences

27 Nov 2020
  • Two men defrauded employer of more than £17,000

  • They plead guilty at St Albans Crown Court

  • They were given a suspended sentences totalling 14 months

Two men have been sentenced for fraud offences perpetrated against their employer, stealing more than £17,000 from the company.

Both men we were working at the John Lewis department store in Welwyn Garden City, when the offences occurred. From February 2019, they were claiming refunds on items not purchased from the store and then using the credit to buy new items which they kept.

Both men appeared at St Albans Crown Court on 25 September pleading guilty to two counts of fraud by false representation.

Charles Windley, aged 22, of Fore Street, Hertford, was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months and will be electronically monitored for four months with a curfew 8pm-6am. He will also carry out 150 hours unpaid work and pay compensation of £10,842.64 within 12 months.

Michael Coumas, aged 27, of Bridle Close, Hoddesdon, was sentenced to 4 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months and a three month electronically monitored curfew 8pm-6am. He will also carry out 100 hours unpaid work and pay compensation of £3,086.90 within 28 days.

Investigator Linda Bunton, from the Hatfield Local Crime Unit, said: “This will come as a welcome end to the ordeal for the employer, to see that these offenders have admitted their guilt and will be made to pay compensation. The sentences reflect the seriousness of the offences but has spared these young men custodial sentences and given them the chance to reform and pay back their former employer and the community.”

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