A truck driver from Rhyl has been jailed for using a company card to fraudulently claim over £90,000 worth of fuel.
Adam Smith pleaded guilty to selling on the fuel while working for a haulage firm – the 32 year-old from East Parade also admitted stealing cards and cheques in a burglary.
A judge said Smith, who worked for Holywell-based Kenmac, had caused a considerable loss of money to the victims. He rejected a plea from the defence to consider a suspended sentence.
Mold Crown Court heard all Kenmac drivers had been given a fuel card from Tarmac, who had contracted Kenmac to carry out work, allowing them to draw fuel at a cheaper rate and deduct from invoices.
But when the firm found another source to buy even cheaper fuel, they ruled the cards could only be used in exceptional circumstances. Kenmac was later closed down and replaced by a new company, which removed the Tarmac cards from all but one of their trucks.
Prosecution said Smith, one of a handful of drivers for the vehicle, used the Tarmac card between February 2014 and November 2015 to claim fuel fraudulently – with CCTV and ANPR cameras pointing to evidence that he had visited the fuel depot ”in the relevant place at the relevant time”.
In January 2016, Smith used the card again in Wrexham and drew £1,280 worth of fuel into containers. He had also been caught on camera with another person stealing cards and cheques in a burglary.
The defence said Smith had no excuse for his offences, but called on Judge Rhys Rowlands to consider his timely guilty pleas.
But the judge sentenced Smith to two years and eight months, telling him: ”On any view, these are very serious offences committed over a prolonged period of time…this was serious repeated dishonesty and must carry serious consequences.”
Source: Daily Post