Pregnant accountant who swindled £300,000 out of Chesterfield firm will give birth behind bars

An accountant at a Chesterfield heating technology firm swindled her bosses out of over £300,000 - syphoning money destined for suppliers into various bank accounts.

By Ben McVay
Wednesday, 20th April 2022, 2:33 pm

Lynnett Alptekin, 40, pillaged the Carlton Technologies' bank balance for four years - ruining its credit rating when its directors were forced to take out loans to keep going.

Derby Crown Court heard the accountant - who is currently 31 weeks pregnant - spent the money on a house, a car and trips to Turkey.

Carlton Technologies director Max Crompton took out a £250,000 loan against his own home and made a member of staff redundant to cover the losses caused by Alptekin.

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Lynnett Alptekin pillaged the Carlton Technologies' bank balance for four years

Aaron Dinnes, prosecuting, described how the defendant set up 10 different bank accounts - naming them as suppliers the company used so the payments would not seem out of place.

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Mr Dinnes said: “Payments were made across 10 different accounts belonging to the defendant - the total amount stolen was £362,103.

“Payments were made in various amounts ranging from various amounts ranging from £60 to over £3,000.”

Alptekin’s crimes were not discovered until almost a year after she left the firm - when a finance officer tried to pay a supplier and they never received the payment - which went to one of the defendant’s accounts.

Between 2015 and 2019 stole 246 times from the firm.

Max Crompton, director of Carlton Technologies read out a statement to the court in which he said: “I cannot put into words the effect this fraud has had on my family and business.”

The court heard the firm's credit rating and reputation with suppliers was now “destroyed” as a result of Alptekin’s fraud and the extra borrowing it had to resort to survive.

Alptekin, of Osmaston Road, Derby, admitted fraud by abuse of position.

Recorder Juston Wigoder told her: “You realised it was easy to steal from them and began with small amounts which grew larger and larger.

“This was sophisticated offending in a number of ways.”

Alptekin’s defence counsel asked for a deferred sentence, so she would not have to give birth while in prison.

However the judge, jailing Alptekin for three years, said: “I’m afraid I’ve come to the conclusion that the only appropriate sentence is one of immediate imprisonment.

“I do that with a heavy heart in light of your condition.”