Canvey bookkeeper lived the high-life on £72k con

Bookkeeper lived the high-life on £72k con

Bookkeeper lived the high-life on £72k con

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A BOOKKEEPER swindled her employer out of more than £70,000 to pay for foreign holidays, a new car and her son’s wedding.

Three Way Precision Sheet Metal, in Shoebury, was forced to cut its workforce after Janet Goldstone stole £72,228 from company accounts over three years.

Goldstone, 52, of Marine Avenue on Canvey was handed a 21 month prison sentence when she appeared at Basildon Crown Court on Monday.

Company director Ronald Williams said: “We trusted her.

The three company directors have given their lives to building up this company.

“This has had a huge impact on us. We have had to lay off staff and have suffered sleepless nights and ill health.”

The court heard Goldstone started working for the company, based in Towerfield Road, in 2006 as a temporary bookeeper.

She was eventually taken on permanently, in a role that paid £25,000 per year, and was responsible for payroll, BACS payments and company cheques.

Between 2009 and 2012 she raised 34 cheques – worth £29,000 – paid to herself and her husband’s bank account. She also made 37 BACS payments to herself totalling £42,000.

She would write cheques out in pencil, get them signed by the company directors, then change the details on the cheque.

The court heard she initially stole the cash to pay for repairs to her Canvey home, after it was ruined by a cowboy builder.

However, she became greedy frittering the money on exotic holidays to Jamaica, the Domincan Republic, Cuba and Mexico.

She also bought a Range Rover and put £2,500 behind the bar at her son’s wedding reception.

The court heard Goldstone lied to her family and friends about where the cash came from – telling them she had received a PPI payout.

Matthew Bone, mitigating said his client was now “a shell of her former self”.

He said: “She won’t forgive herself for what she has done.

“She feel worthless and was extremely distressed when she heard of the redundencies.

Goldstone, who was dressed in a baby pink shirt and jeans sobbed as she was sentenced by Recorder Martyn Royall.

He said: “This was an abuse of your position as bookkeeper and a serious breach of trust.

“You have heard the shock and disappointment of the directors.

“I have no other option than to make a custodial sentence.”

SUSPICIOUS DIRECTOR TURNED DETECTIVE

A COMPANY director turned
detective to catch fraudster Janet
Goldstone.
Paul Whitehouse, one of three
directors at Three Way Precision
Sheet Metal, in Shoebury said
he first became suspicious after
Goldstone began pestering him to
sign off company cheques weeks
before she was due to go on
holiday.
He took a note of the payee and
cheque number and then followed
up the payment with the bank and
payee a few days later.
When he visited the company
named on the cheque he found
Three Way Precision Metals no
longer had an account with them.
He contacted the bank and
found Goldstone had altered the
cheque to pay herself the money.
Speaking after the trial, Mr
Whitehouse said: “This incident
has really undermined our trust in
people.
“We are pleased with the outcome
– she put the business under
a lot of threat.
“We trusted her and because of
what happened the firm has had to
cut back on staff and machinery.
“Since this incident, our staffing
levels have dropped from about
100 to 50 – although not all of this
is a result of what Jan did.
“It is disappointing and upsetting
because we were always very
fair with her.”

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6:37am Wed 4 Jun 14

John Right says...

Hope they seize her house, and Range Rover, to recover the stolen money, and I cannot believe friends and family didn't know what was going on, yet gladly took took took from this thief, only a shame some of those were not in the dock.
Hope they seize her house, and Range Rover, to recover the stolen money, and I cannot believe friends and family didn't know what was going on, yet gladly took took took from this thief, only a shame some of those were not in the dock. John Right
  • Score: 33

7:57am Wed 4 Jun 14

sesibollox says...

What happened to Hubby ?
What happened to Hubby ? sesibollox
  • Score: 17

8:01am Wed 4 Jun 14

supermadmax says...

At least they admitted she was not responsible for all the redundancies.

Its amazing that if someone had walked into a bookies or bank & stolen 5 or 10% of that sum, they would be looking at the best part of ten years.
At least they admitted she was not responsible for all the redundancies. Its amazing that if someone had walked into a bookies or bank & stolen 5 or 10% of that sum, they would be looking at the best part of ten years. supermadmax
  • Score: 19

8:14am Wed 4 Jun 14

Nebs says...

supermadmax wrote:
At least they admitted she was not responsible for all the redundancies.

Its amazing that if someone had walked into a bookies or bank & stolen 5 or 10% of that sum, they would be looking at the best part of ten years.
Amazing also that if someone had stolen that amount from you and me, by way of fiddling their benefits, they would just have to pay it back with no punishment.
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: At least they admitted she was not responsible for all the redundancies. Its amazing that if someone had walked into a bookies or bank & stolen 5 or 10% of that sum, they would be looking at the best part of ten years.[/p][/quote]Amazing also that if someone had stolen that amount from you and me, by way of fiddling their benefits, they would just have to pay it back with no punishment. Nebs
  • Score: 15

8:20am Wed 4 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

70 grand..... greedy cow, bound to get collared, eventually, in a firm that size...
70 grand..... greedy cow, bound to get collared, eventually, in a firm that size... pembury53
  • Score: 20

8:21am Wed 4 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Nebs wrote:
supermadmax wrote:
At least they admitted she was not responsible for all the redundancies.

Its amazing that if someone had walked into a bookies or bank & stolen 5 or 10% of that sum, they would be looking at the best part of ten years.
Amazing also that if someone had stolen that amount from you and me, by way of fiddling their benefits, they would just have to pay it back with no punishment.
Now, as she obviously pleaded not guilty, it went to Crown Court, and thus having been proved guilty, to the charges and sentenced to prison the people she stole from can now easily obtain the funds back via both the house, the cars and from her Son.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: At least they admitted she was not responsible for all the redundancies. Its amazing that if someone had walked into a bookies or bank & stolen 5 or 10% of that sum, they would be looking at the best part of ten years.[/p][/quote]Amazing also that if someone had stolen that amount from you and me, by way of fiddling their benefits, they would just have to pay it back with no punishment.[/p][/quote]Now, as she obviously pleaded not guilty, it went to Crown Court, and thus having been proved guilty, to the charges and sentenced to prison the people she stole from can now easily obtain the funds back via both the house, the cars and from her Son. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 15

8:43am Wed 4 Jun 14

VeteranOfMany says...

The greed planning and execution of this crime, has little reflection as to the light sentencing, the firm should consider appealing this once they have collected their rightful monies back, from the confiscations which will now proceed to fruition.
The greed planning and execution of this crime, has little reflection as to the light sentencing, the firm should consider appealing this once they have collected their rightful monies back, from the confiscations which will now proceed to fruition. VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 16

9:53am Wed 4 Jun 14

Happy Chickie says...

VeteranOfMany wrote:
The greed planning and execution of this crime, has little reflection as to the light sentencing, the firm should consider appealing this once they have collected their rightful monies back, from the confiscations which will now proceed to fruition.
They would have a better chance at a civil court case.
[quote][p][bold]VeteranOfMany[/bold] wrote: The greed planning and execution of this crime, has little reflection as to the light sentencing, the firm should consider appealing this once they have collected their rightful monies back, from the confiscations which will now proceed to fruition.[/p][/quote]They would have a better chance at a civil court case. Happy Chickie
  • Score: -5

11:32am Wed 4 Jun 14

Feminism is Dead says...

She should have spent it on plastic surgery - ugly old bint
She should have spent it on plastic surgery - ugly old bint Feminism is Dead
  • Score: 7

12:01pm Wed 4 Jun 14

daninorth says...

I will never understand how people can be so deceptive and sleep at night , glad they caught the greedy parasite ,I have no sympathy for disloyal liers they desurve all they get
I will never understand how people can be so deceptive and sleep at night , glad they caught the greedy parasite ,I have no sympathy for disloyal liers they desurve all they get daninorth
  • Score: 6

1:28pm Wed 4 Jun 14

sesibollox says...

I wonder what the court costs were ?
I wonder what the court costs were ? sesibollox
  • Score: 7

1:52pm Wed 4 Jun 14

CarnMountification says...

Probably hasn't been in prison before, so it will be an experience, probably spent in Holloway, with a criminal record, wont be able to travel to many foreign destinations anymore.
Stealing from her employer and over the hill age wise, wont get another job, she better join the council house list now, as Hubby has already gone away... to sunnier climes, with a younger model..
Probably hasn't been in prison before, so it will be an experience, probably spent in Holloway, with a criminal record, wont be able to travel to many foreign destinations anymore. Stealing from her employer and over the hill age wise, wont get another job, she better join the council house list now, as Hubby has already gone away... to sunnier climes, with a younger model.. CarnMountification
  • Score: 7

2:40pm Wed 4 Jun 14

John Right says...

Odd how Low Life like the High Life,
Odd how Low Life like the High Life, John Right
  • Score: 6

4:34pm Wed 4 Jun 14

runwellian says...

21 months fro 70 grand, crikey crime really does pay!
I bet she put stuff i n her family members names to protect it?

They should seize anything that she bought,even if it were as gifts fro the family.

The sentence doesn't fit the crime, even if they got every penny back, she should spend 5 years in prison at least with no early release.
21 months fro 70 grand, crikey crime really does pay! I bet she put stuff i n her family members names to protect it? They should seize anything that she bought,even if it were as gifts fro the family. The sentence doesn't fit the crime, even if they got every penny back, she should spend 5 years in prison at least with no early release. runwellian
  • Score: 6

6:46pm Wed 4 Jun 14

born and raised criminal says...

This woman is a legend. At least she had the bottle to do it. Hope she is released early. Good luck to her in her prison sentence.
This woman is a legend. At least she had the bottle to do it. Hope she is released early. Good luck to her in her prison sentence. born and raised criminal
  • Score: -5

7:54pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Popsiepop says...

Not a very long sentence for 70k, she deserved far longer.
Not a very long sentence for 70k, she deserved far longer. Popsiepop
  • Score: 3

8:21pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

CarnMountification wrote:
Probably hasn't been in prison before, so it will be an experience, probably spent in Holloway, with a criminal record, wont be able to travel to many foreign destinations anymore.
Stealing from her employer and over the hill age wise, wont get another job, she better join the council house list now, as Hubby has already gone away... to sunnier climes, with a younger model..
Whatever the rights and wrongs, there is no need for ageism. People in that age group are often valued by employers as they are no longer likely to get pregnant or disappear off around the world on a gap year.

And the comment above about ugliness, made by Feminism is Dead, totally uncalled for.

This woman has done wrong and should be punished. I personally cannot understand how people like her think they can get away with this sort of thing and she deserves her punishment.

But ageist and sexist comments don't help. Personal attacks won't change anything.

And it's nothing to do with feminism. It just gets a tad boring, people making personal attacks that bear no relevance to the story whatsoever.
[quote][p][bold]CarnMountification[/bold] wrote: Probably hasn't been in prison before, so it will be an experience, probably spent in Holloway, with a criminal record, wont be able to travel to many foreign destinations anymore. Stealing from her employer and over the hill age wise, wont get another job, she better join the council house list now, as Hubby has already gone away... to sunnier climes, with a younger model..[/p][/quote]Whatever the rights and wrongs, there is no need for ageism. People in that age group are often valued by employers as they are no longer likely to get pregnant or disappear off around the world on a gap year. And the comment above about ugliness, made by Feminism is Dead, totally uncalled for. This woman has done wrong and should be punished. I personally cannot understand how people like her think they can get away with this sort of thing and she deserves her punishment. But ageist and sexist comments don't help. Personal attacks won't change anything. And it's nothing to do with feminism. It just gets a tad boring, people making personal attacks that bear no relevance to the story whatsoever. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

8:27pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Touch79 says...

The directors signed cheques that were written in pencil? For a period of 3 years?

Although I do sympathise with the company involved that was rather negligent wasn't it?
The directors signed cheques that were written in pencil? For a period of 3 years? Although I do sympathise with the company involved that was rather negligent wasn't it? Touch79
  • Score: 6

1:38am Thu 5 Jun 14

Purple Om 89-91 says...

Mon Dieu!....£72,000 for a 21 month prison sentence equates to around £800 a week.
Mon Dieu!....£72,000 for a 21 month prison sentence equates to around £800 a week. Purple Om 89-91
  • Score: 1

5:13pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Alekhine says...

Touch79 wrote:
The directors signed cheques that were written in pencil? For a period of 3 years? Although I do sympathise with the company involved that was rather negligent wasn't it?
A low tech con in a high tech age and it took years to be discovered.
[quote][p][bold]Touch79[/bold] wrote: The directors signed cheques that were written in pencil? For a period of 3 years? Although I do sympathise with the company involved that was rather negligent wasn't it?[/p][/quote]A low tech con in a high tech age and it took years to be discovered. Alekhine
  • Score: 1

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