A man falsely told colleagues his partner had cancer – and that she had later died – and stole thousands of pounds of electrical goods from his employers.
Warren Towers, 44, of James Watt Avenue, Corby, was employed as a warehouse manager at Kettering firm Total Computer Networks in 2012.
He admitted fraud and theft charges when he appeared at Northampton Crown Court.
The court was told that not long after starting his new job, Towers told colleagues his partner had terminal cancer when she was in fact completely healthy.
He later said the couple were travelling to Gretna Green to be married, before revealing in May 2013 that she had ‘died’.
The court heard that Towers was given extensive compassionate leave during that period, as well as being gifted a £2,000 television by the firm and a £1,500 loan for funeral costs.
He left the firm in September 2013 after bosses sent him a letter saying they were concerned about the whereabouts of thousands of pounds worth of stock which were missing from the warehouse.
Towers was caught out a month later when a phone call was received on his company phone, which he had handed back after leaving his job, from someone who had bought an iPad from him – one which was missing from the warehouse.
It then emerged that Towers was on holiday in Tenerife with his partner, who was alive and well.
The firm estimated that items worth about £8,000 had been stolen, and that Towers’ deception, including time off, had cost a further £5,000.
Towers pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud, and nine of theft and possession of cannabis and cocaine, found at his house during a search.
He told the court he had lied to colleagues about the cancer in a bid to earn sympathy, as he was going through a difficult period.
Recorder William Mousley handed Towers a 34-week sentence, suspended for 18 months, as well as a 240-hour community punishment at Northampton Crown Court last Friday.