A former Evans Halshaw worker who diverted 73 DVLA cheques price over £10,000 into his personal checking account has averted jail in a fraud listening to at York Crown Courtroom.
Michael Richards, an ex-employee of Pendragon’s Evans Halshaw Vauxhall dealership at Clifton Moor, close to York, claimed that he had been making an attempt to safeguard the cash as a result of the cheques had been so previous that they had been working out of time to be paid right into a checking account, the York Press reported.
However deputy circuit decide Tim Clayson advised Richards “I don’t settle for that rationalization” of why the Driver and Car Licensing Company (DVLA) cheques had been cashed into his private account, including: “It appears to be a case of making an attempt to counterpoint your self.”
Kelly Sherif, prosecuting, had advised the court docket that the DVLA had notified police that 73 cheques that it had despatched to Evans Halshaw had not reached the corporate’s financial institution accounts again in November.
She stated Richards had crossed out the Evans Halshaw payee identify and written in his personal on the cheques as a replacement.
Then paid them into his personal account in 18 batches – price a complete of £10,346.03 – between Could 24 and August 13, 2021.
Richards (36), of Stope Avenue, Kinsley, close to Pontefract, had no earlier convictions and pleaded responsible to fraud by false illustration.
He was given an eight-month jail sentence suspended for 12 months on situation he does 80 hours’ unpaid work. He should additionally repay all the cash to his former employers.
Deputy Choose Clayson advised the court docket that he had taken Richards’ home circumstances and his spouse’s ailing well being into consideration in establishing his sentence.