Man tried to pay £8,700 from his employers into account

Northampton Crown Court
Northampton Crown Court

A man who tried to pay £8,700 from his employers into his grandmother’s bank account has been spared jail.

Imre Rennie, 29, was working at RS Components in Corby in the department which processes card payments and refunds when he attempted the transfer in May 2010.

Northampton Crown Court heard that another member of staff was going through payments which had been processed to match them up with receipts when she found there was a shortfall of £8,712.84 from the previous day.

HSBC had identified the transaction as suspicious, as it was processed as a refund but no payment had been made from that card to the firm in the first place, so held it, meaning no money was transferred.

Staff had codes which they entered to identify themselves when carrying out transactions. The codes showed that Imre had carried out the transactions before and after the one in question.

His grandmother’s bank card, which the attempted payment was made to, was in Rennie’s possession at the time, as he looked after her finances.

Rennie, of Bridgeford Place, Corby, appeared at Northampton Crown Court on Tuesday (July 17) after he admitted fraud on the day he was due to face trial.

Prosecutor Simon Ash said Rennie had denied responsibility right up until changing his plea to guilty. He said: “The defendant was arrested and interviewed and claimed not to know anything about it. He said another member of staff was using the card machine at the time the refund was processed.”

Rennie received a caution in 2006 for theft of cash totalling £1,232 from Danesholme Vikings Football Club when he was the club’s treasurer.

Judge Sylvia De Bertodano sentenced him to 10 months in prison suspended for 18 months and ordered him to do 200 hours of unpaid work.

She told him: “You know this is a serious offence. I accept that it was not a particularly sophisticated one, its chances of success were effectively nil, you must have known that.

“It was doomed to failure, you lost your job as a result, your marriage has broken down also in part because of this.”