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Finance director jailed for stealing almost £700k from travel firm

Wednesday 11th March, 2020

A former finance director has been sentenced after pleading guilty to a number of fraud offences at tour operator based in Leicestershire.

He pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud by false representation and three counts of false accounting. He was sentenced to a total of three years and four months in prison at Leicester Crown Court.

The charges relate to the travel business Diamond Shortbreak Holidays Limited which was based in Market Harborough that ceased trading afterwards.

In February 2017 the company had suspicions that he had made a number of payments which had raised concern.

An investigation discovered that between March 2015 and January 2017, he had fraudulently caused a total of £685,648 to be paid from company accounts to accounts controlled by him. Furthermore it was discovered that he had falsified the company records in order to misrepresent their public financial position.

Detective Constable Aaron Horn, who led the investigation, said: “Jamie Tann’s actions caused such financial loss to the company that it put them into administration leaving a significant number of people unemployed.

“It left 10,000 holiday makers with no bookings, who had to make claims against credit card companies to get their money back.

“Tann held a position of responsibility at Diamond and was entrusted to protect the company’s interests. Tann abused this trust when he caused money to be taken from the company accounts leaving the company with no chance to recover from the losses suffered.”