Carphone Warehouse worker who stole cash from phones receives suspended sentence (From Runcorn and Widnes World)
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Runcorn Carphone Warehouse worker admits fraud
A DEPUTY Carphone Warehouse manager has been handed a suspended sentence after keeping the cash from traded-in phones for himself.
Andrew Hughes, who worked at the Halton Lea, Runcorn store, was caught in July last year when head office reported five phones worth £1,200 were missing.
The 27-year-old, of Southampton Way, pleaded guilty to fraud by false position at Warrington Crown Court on Friday after stealing £5,891.24 between June 6 and July 7 last year.
Phillip Astbury, prosecuting, said: “The store manager found all five missing phones had been processed by the defendant.
“On further investigation he found the defendant’s girl friend’s account had been credited with more than £5,000.
“The defendant was suspended and admitted fraud at a disciplinary hearing and said it was due to financial reasons rather than a drug or alcohol addiction.”
Anthony Rose, defending, said Hughes was remorseful and ashamed.
He added: “The defendant has made arrangements with Carphone Warehouse to pay it back at £40 a month and will increase it when he finds employment.”
Judge Simon Killeen ordered Roberts to complete 150 hours unpaid work and gave him a five month prison sentence suspended for 12 months.
He said: “You were a man of good character but you have lost that whatever sentence I pass on you.
“The punishment doesn’t end here as every job application you make you will have to disclose this conviction.
“It’s a substantial punishment to a man of your age.”