Woman who defrauded employers out of nearly £170,000 jailed
Jasbeer Kaur of Highclere Avenue, Swindon appeared at the Old Bailey on Monday 13 March 2017 and was jailed for 15 months for two counts of fraud.
The 36-year-old had already pleaded guilty to defrauding two of her previous employers of nearly £170,000.
Kaur was the operations manager for two separate organisations based in the City of London and her role afforded her access to various online banking and accounting systems.
Rather than submitting invoices to customer or client accounts she instead paid them into her own personal accounts. It was also found that on a number of occasions she increased the amount that genuine companies were due to be paid, deposited this into her personal account and then paid the company their intended fee from her personal account. In other cases, Kaur was found to have entirely falsified invoices.
In her roles, she was also responsible for overseeing membership systems and payments. Between 6 November and 13 November 2014 Kaur was found to have sent invoices to members asking for payment to be made into her own bank account rather that those of the organisation. It was also discovered that Kaur would send ‘chaser’ emails to members who had not yet paid their invoice.
From 2010 until 2015 Kaur defrauded her two employers of £168,551.43; her actions were discovered by a colleague in 2015 while Kaur was away on maternity leave.
Detective Constable Liam Semley, from the City of London Police, who led the investigation, said: “Kaur abused her position and defrauded not one, but two of her employers. She used her role as operations manager to fabricate invoices which she then paid directly into her personal bank accounts. Kaur conducted this fraud over a significant period of time, demonstrating a high degree of sophistication in her approach to defrauding her employers. This case demonstrates that such activity will always come to light and the City of London Police will work hard to bring offenders to justice.”