16th Dec, 2017

Warehouse worker's credit card refund thefts

Leamington Editorial 31st Jul, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A WAREHOUSE co-ordinator with a small Warwick company repeatedly used its electronic refund facility to help pay off his maxed-out credit cards.

But when the discrepancy was spotted in the company’s accounts, a check revealed that the thefts had all taken place at times when Glen McIlreavy was working.

And as a result McIlreavy was arrested and pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to stealing a total of £11,375 from Wanzl UK over a three-month period last year.

The 32 year-old of Beaulieu Park, Sydenham, Leamington, was given a community order with supervision for 12 months and a 60-day probation programme, and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and to pay £250 costs.

Prosecutor Graham Russell said the theft from Wanzl, a small company with 105 employees, was carried out in eight separate transactions between July 7 and September 15 last year.

He explained the company, based in Heathcote Lane, operated a card payment system to make electronic refund payments to customers.

On September 19 the financial director was informed what were thought to have been refunds could not be reconciled with any of Wanzl’s customers.

The list of eight payments for amounts of between £1,000 and £1,700 which had been made to five different card accounts was handed to the police.

Enquiries revealed the five cards were held either by McIlreavy alone or jointly with his partner.

And his shift pattern as a warehouse co-ordinator showed he had been working on each occasion payments had been made to the cards.

When arrested McIlreavy said he was not aware of the activity which led to his accounts being credited, claiming he had received two or three credits, which he took to be errors in his wage payments, and retained them, but had not acted dishonestly.

Mr Russell added that McIlreavy, who had previous convictions but none for dishonesty, had benefited to the tune of £10,006 but had not available assets.

So Recorder Adrian Redgrave QC ordered McIlreavy to pay a nominal £1 confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Paul O’Keefe, defending, said McIlreavy was heavily in debt and he succumbed to temptation.

McIlreavy lost his job as a result and was now hoping to start work as an apprentice tyre fitter added Mr O’Keefe.

Recorder Redgrave told McIlreavy: “You abused a position of trust, and your employers have lost what for them is a significant amount of money because of your dishonesty.

“What saves you from prison today is the fact that you pleaded guilty. If you had fought this and been convicted, you would be off to prison now.”

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