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Finance manager jailed for defrauding events company of £500k

Monday 24th April, 2017

A financial controller who abused her position of trust to defraud her employer of more than £500,000 has been sentenced to five years' imprisonment at Kingston Crown Court.

She started working at an events management company in Kingston as its bookkeeper in January 2008. In 2011 she became the company's finance manager before being promoted to its financial controller in 2013.

Within each role she had full access to all of the company's bank accounts and she was responsible for payroll and supplier payments.

In November 2015, she was dismissed from the company for gross misconduct after having been found to be using the company taxi account for personal usage without prior approval or authority to do so.

When the company employed a new finance manager, they undertook further enquiries and discovered that between 11 May 2010 and 20 November 2015 there had been £509,156 transferred from the company's expense account into her current account.

DC Huw Jones, the investigating officer from Kingston CID, said: "Hussey has refused to take responsibility for her actions throughout, so I am pleased she has now been brought to justice.

"Hussey abused her position of trust over five years for her own personal gain.”

"We hope this sends a strong message to those who think they can defraud their employers and get away with it. You will be caught and you will be brought to justice."

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