A drug addicted plasterer has recently stolen £14,000 from his boss via his fuel card. This was provided to him when he was allocated a work’s van. However, an investigation made by his employer discovered “excessive use” of the card.
When his mileage was compared to the amount spent on the card, it was established that there was a lot of inconsistency. “It appeared there was between £10,000 and £14,000 which had been paid for, but couldn’t be accounted for.”
CCTV showed Ray Chilton, aged 35, filling cans with fuel that he used the company card to pay for. When interviewed by police, he believed that he had taken between £3,000 to £4,000 worth of fuel. Prosecutor Katy McColl stated though that he had then in turn “gave the fuel to a man in exchange for drugs.”
Chilton eventually pleaded guilty to the theft and possession of heroin. He was then also sentenced to six months in prison. However, the court stated that this was “not only a high value crime. It was a planned crime.”
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