Fraudster jailed | Gambling addict's £186k theft from employer left coworkers jobless

Gambling addict's £186k theft from employer left coworkers jobless

A man has been sentenced to six years in prison after he stole £186,000 in cash from his employers to fund his gambling.

Daniel Remmington was found guilty of fraud by abuse of position at Liverpool Crown Court following a trial and he was jailed today, Monday 22 April.

Remington, 29, committed a series of thefts between March 2019 and April 2020 while he was working as a cashier at Liverpool Motor Auctions.

During this time, he stole a total of £186,000 to fund his gambling habit and would make large payments into his own Halifax bank account. He was able to hide the company's cash deficit by incorrectly recording vehicle sales.

His con only ended when the business was forced to stop operating during the first Covid lockdown, a jury at Liverpool Crown Court was told.

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As a result of his actions, the company eventually became insolvent and led to a number of people losing their jobs.

Detective Inspector Chris Hawitt said: “This was a lengthy and complex fraud investigation and I’m thankful that a jury saw through Remmington’s lies and found him guilty of the offence.

“I hope this case highlights that stealing from a business is not a victimless crime and can impact on innocent people. Sadly, a number of people lost their jobs and this would not only have affected them, but also their families who would have been distressed and worried. 

“This impact was clearly lost on Remmington and he will now be left to consider the full consequences of his actions behind bars.”

Combatting employee fraud

Over the past year, we have seen numerous stories of workers stealing from their employers.

In March 2024, a Farmfoods employee was jailed after conning his employers out of £275,000 by forging directors' signatures on cheques.

John Brown scammed the supermarket chain while employed as a management accountant between 2015 and 2018. The 61-year-old, who was based at the firm’s head office in Cumbernauld, Scotland, was jailed for 21 months after pleading guilty to fraud.

Brown admitted to a court that he had forged signatures on company cheques, which were written out to himself.

That same month, reports emerged of a payroll assistant who conned her employer out of nearly £85,000 by making payments to herself for false expenses claims for several years.

Angela Hunter took advantage after her employer, Hull-based civil engineering firm Northern Divers Ltd, updated its payments system during the pandemic – switching from cash payments for expenses such as accommodation costs, to direct bank transfers.

Realising it would be far easier to go undetected, Hunter subsequently paid herself £84,848 in bogus claims between August 2020 and April 2023.

Hull Crown Court heard that she was eventually caught out by her managing director, who became suspicious after spotting multiple large payments being made to Hunter’s account.

She narrowly avoided being imprisoned following a Crown Court sentencing.

There was also the recent story of the Eugene Weekly – a print magazine in Oregon – gained traction, as the company was forced to dismiss its entire workforce and close its doors after it was left struggling financially when a finance employee stole tens of thousands of dollars from them. Whilst Facebook's diversity lead admitted to stealing millions from the company to fund their lavish lifestyle.

Research from insurance company Zurich found that staff are increasingly stealing from their employer to support them through the cost-of-living crisis. In fact, 500 employees are caught stealing every month in the UK, and this has been on the rise.

Economic crime and transparency bill

These figures come at a time when a new ‘failure to prevent fraud’ offence has been added to the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act, which is expected to be implemented sometime this year.

The Act has been described as the most significant change to the law in this area. Key reforms include directors and partners requiring identity verification, the introduction of Authorised Corporate Service Providers (ACSP), and stricter compliance and registration requirements for LPs.

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Most notably, the act also introduces a new offence for directors when they fail to prevent fraud occurring in the company. In this sense, businesses will be liable if they fail to prevent staff from committing an economic crime – including false accounting.

Therefore, preventing internal fraud isn’t just of importance from a business perspective, but from a legal perspective too.

How can employers prevent fraud from happening?

Employers can prevent financial sabotage by implementing various measures, including careful recruitment, establishing accountability, and using IT tools to detect unexpected activities within the network.

The recent Bill, which is likely to be implemented soon, highlights the importance of businesses having adequate authentication processes and checks and balances to ensure your employees aren’t doing anything they shouldn’t be or putting your business in danger.

Conduct comprehensive reference checks, a reliable interview process, and employee vetting to identify any potential concerns early on. 

Employers shouldn’t discriminate against those who have committed a crime in the past – just because they have previously, doesn’t mean they will do it again. However, the recruitment process, and ensuring a good candidate–employer fit, does play a part in whether staff might be tempted to commit a crime at work – low engagement and levels of loyalty can often lead to this wrongdoing.

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