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Junior Accountant jailed for £2.5m fraud from Evans Halshaw

Thursday 21st December, 2017

An assistant accountant who stole almost £2.5m from his employer to support a gambling habit has been jailed for six years.

Whilst working at Evans Halshaw car dealership he created false invoices, emails and transferred the money to his own bank account.

The fraud occurred over a two-year period from April 2014 where he made 140 different transactions totalling more than £2,470,000.

He bought houses and prestige cars as well as spending £140,000 on personalised number plates, and transferring £136,000 into a Sky Bet account.

The BBC reported, Paul Fleming, defending, described Curry as a "naive young man" who "bitterly regrets the initial decision to steal" but the "temptation to continue was something more than he could resist".

DC Kevin Robinson, Economic Crime Unit, Cleveland Police: "This was a complex inquiry involving a huge sum of money stolen from an employer.

“Civil proceedings by the company against Mr Curry are on-going and we will be instigating POCA (Proceeds of Crime Act) proceedings imminently.”