December 17, 2010
man 'stole over £4,000 from Highbridge firm'
Burnham-On-Sea man who was caught stealing from the company he
worked for in Highbridge could face a possible prison term.
Sedgemoor Magistrates Court has heard how 59 year-old Stephen
James Whild, from Stoddens Road, admitted six charges of theft
after taking thousands of pounds from Highbridge-based CJK Vehicle
Repairs by tampering with invoices.
He admitted theft from an employee between January and June of
this year, totalling over £500, and also had 61 other offences
taken into consideration.
Mr Whild's job involved raising customer invoices and prosecutor
Sarah Rhodes said one of the director's suspicions had been raised
when several cheques were found not to be recorded in the system.
The directors later found a total of 60 invoices were not in the
firm's financial system, amounting to £4,153. The customers
had paid in cash.
Mr Whild admitted theft and was dismissed immediately. The thefts
came despite a previously unblemished career and followed his
partner losing her job.
Magistrates may give him a jail sentence or a community order
when he appears for sentencing on Monday (December 20th).