Thousands of pounds have been stolen from the employer by direct stealing as well as by processing fake customer refunds – the Belfast Telegraph reports.
Fane Valley Co-Operative Society has been targeted by Kerri O’Connor between December 2014 and June 2016. She processed false returns to the value of £5574.48 and stole £6085.28 directly, bringing the total loss to £11659.76.
Judge Stephen Fowler QC requested pre-sentence reports and accepted the charges.
Smaller scales of dishonesty are a common practice in order to scam employers out of a few pounds. However, this level of fraud seems to be excessive when reporting monthly expenses.
20% of employees admitted to topping up their expenses claims to gain the difference. That figure has been found after a survey of 1000 business travellers by Chrome River, which proves that expense fraud continues to plague HR and finance teams.
More than half of them confirmed that they have committed fraud on more than one occasion.
“Most people are inherently honest and they don’t intend to defraud their employer of huge amounts of money,” comments Chrome River Co-founder and CEO Alan Rich. “More often, they’re just committing small acts that they don’t even view as ‘fraud.’ And they do it because it’s possible and they don’t think anyone will notice.”