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Payroll clerk jailed after stealing £55,000 from Nottinghamshire employer

A payroll clerk who stole more than £55,000 from his employer has been jailed.

Robert Carlin diverted salary payments into his own bank accounts while working at Reflex Labels, in Mansfield.

The 40-year-old fraudulently transferred £55,747.03 into six bank accounts over 34 transactions between July and November 2018.

He stole final salary payments owed to employees who were leaving the business in the hope his crimes would go undetected.

However the offences came to light when an ex-employee failed to receive their larger settlement payments.

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Prior to that, the most he had stolen in a single transaction was £2,367 with other employees not realising they had been underpaid.

Carlin was interviewed under Caution by Detectives and released under investigation pending further enquiries.

He then gained further employment in the accounts department at Bistrot Pierre Nottingham, where he went on to commit the same offences again.

Upon discovering the new offences, additional financial enquiries were made and funds in excess of £7,000 were identified held in Carlin’s accounts. Police obtained a restraint order to prevent him from dissipating these assets.

Following a lengthy investigation, Carlin was charged with two counts of fraud by abuse of position.

He pleaded guilty to the offences at Nottingham Crown Court and claimed he stole the money to help pay off illegal gambling debts – although police found no evidence of this being the case.

A judge labelled him “thoroughly dishonest” and sentenced him to 26 months in prison.

Carlin had already paid back over £9,000 of the money he stole, and was ordered to pay the £7,694.71 held under restraint as compensation to Reflex Labels. The remaining amount of £38,369.16 will remain as outstanding on a confiscation order which can be revisited at any time during Carlin’s lifetime.

Detective Constable Lucy Ward, of Nottinghamshire Police’s Fraud Investigation team, said: “This was a detailed investigation which involved looking at a variety of evidence from different sources.

“Carlin was a trusted employee but he abused his position by manipulating company systems for his own gain and committing fraud.

“I hope this case sends a clear message to those who believe they can abuse their position for their own financial gain that offences will be uncovered and you will be brought before the courts to answer to your crimes.

“Nottinghamshire Police takes fraud and financial abuse seriously and is committed to investigating reports of this kind, as we recognise the wide-reaching effects this type of crime has on victims.”

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