BOLSOVER: Employee’s £37,949 fraud with company card

COURT: Court Case

COURT: Court Case

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A fraudster who clocked up about £38,000 in purchases for himself with a company credit card is facing sentencing.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday how Lee Barlow, 26, of Portland Avenue, Bolsover, used the credit card which belonged to IPS Ltd - whom he worked for - over two periods.

Becky Allsop, prosecuting, said: “The aggravating feature is that this was a significant breach of trust.

“The company was having difficulties obtaining receipts from Barlow for usage of the card over a long period between November 2011 to February this year.

“Nearly £38,000 was spent on the card. In an interview he admitted to buying itunes vouchers and selling them to friends to make a profit.

“During another period he bought goods for himself including petrol and shopping.”

Barlow pleaded guilty to committing fraud by using a company credit card to make a gain of £316.88 between November 2012 and February 2013.

He also pleaded guilty to committing fraud by using the company credit card to make a gain of £37,949.21 between November 2011 and February this year.

Barlow, who represented himself, declined to comment further.

Magistrates committed the case to Derby Crown Court for sentencing on November 1.