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Financial controller stole almost £90,000 from bus company

Thursday 13th December, 2018

A former financial controller at a bus company based in Harrogate defrauded the firm out of almost £90,000 to support his luxury lifestyle.

He falsified invoices and cheques whilst working at Transdev Blazefield the parent company of the Harrogate Bus Company.

Between July 2012 and March 2017, he defrauded the company out of just over £88,000 and spent the money on gift vouchers, an expensive watch and Apple products that he claimed were a legitimate business expense. He also toped up his pension to the tune of £9,000 and bought gardening equipment and fuel.

When he resigned from his job in March 2017 he was still thought of as a trusted member of staff as his actions had still not been discovered.

The fraud came to light later when a number of invoice irregularities were found and an inquiry was launched, he was arrested two months later.

The investigation revealed that none of the £30,000 worth of invoices had been sent out by the company. He had also forged signatures on company cheques worth about £60,000, which he paid into his own account.

According to Harrogate Advertiser, Defence barrister Ayesha Smart claimed Suter had embarked on the fraud spree after taking out a large mortgage for a new family home in 2013. She claimed he resigned from the company before he had been caught because of the impact it would have on his family and others.

Suter, who had led a life free of criminal convictions and was “ashamed of his behaviour”, now faced having to sell his large family home.