British resident Sheryl Shackley was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for stealing money from the accounts of the company she worked for. According to the Liverpool Echo, the woman felt she was underpaid.
Shackley worked at a real estate agency from May 2016 to April 2018 and was withdrawing money all this time. For the first time, Kevin O’Hare, the owner of the firm, noticed the theft of funds when he checked one of the company’s accounts and found 30 thousand pounds sterling (three million rubles) less on it than it should have been. After verification, it turned out that the payments were going to Shackley’s account. Upon learning of the tricks of the employee, O’Hara went to the police.
After the arrest, Shackley stated that the owner of the company transferred money to her account in an attempt to avoid paying taxes. The police launched an investigation, as a result of which it turned out that the woman had used various fraudulent schemes and had stolen money from her employer for two years.
As it turned out, Shackley was transferring money from the company’s accounts to a personal account. Such transactions were repeated 119 times, and the total amount of transfers amounted to 31 thousand pounds sterling (3.1 million rubles). She also arranged for the firm’s five tenants to pay rent directly to her bank account, resulting in £ 19,000 (RUB 1.9 million). In addition, the British woman was accused of buying things in online stores using funds from the company’s account.
Shackley pleaded guilty on all three counts. Her lawyer hoped that the sentence would be lenient, since his client is the main guardian for the sick mother. However, the judge did not take this into account. “You thought you weren’t paid much. Instead of openly discussing this issue with the employer, you went the other way – by stealing and deceiving, ”he explained the verdict.