Hotel worker with mounting payroll loans cheated on bosses

A DEBT-ridden Hereford hotel worker who was struggling with payday loans cheated on her bosses out of more than £ 16,000 in order to keep up with her payments, a court was told.

Stacy Seabourne, 41, made false refunds to her own debit cards from the Tewkesbury Park hotel where she worked, the Gloucester crown court was told.

He had gotten into such serious financial trouble that he had been taking out new high-interest loans to make repayments on previous payday loans, the court heard.

Seabourne, of Sydwall Road, Belmont, admitted that between January 24 and August 23, 2017, she made a false statement involving 17 debit card transactions that belonged to her and a family member. prosecutor James Haskell. Seabourne was sentenced to six months in jail with a two-year suspension and ordered to undergo 20 days of rehabilitation activities.

Haskell said Seabourne had gotten the job at the hotel in September 2016 in part because she was already adept at the computer system she used.

An audit was conducted last summer and discrepancies were discovered, he said. It was discovered that details of some transactions had been erased and that refunds had apparently been made to debit cards associated with Seabourne. Seventeen refunds were made to four debit cards.

A disciplinary hearing was held and Seabourne frankly admitted what he was doing, Haskell said.

The police interviewed Seabourne on January 22 of this year and she fully admitted it, explaining that she had stolen money to help manage her debts.

Haskell said Seabourne had no prior criminal convictions, but police warned him of fraud in 2011.

Defender Stephen Thompson said Seabourne is still in debt of around £ 17,000, down from the £ 30,000 he owed at the time of the crimes.

She has taken steps to manage her debts now and some have been canceled, he added.

“This is very current,” he said. “Yesterday one of these payday loan companies went into administration after a crackdown on the way they operate their businesses. This lady had taken out payday loans to pay off other payday loans. Sometimes these loan interest rates are in the thousands or hundreds of percent.

“This in no way justifies what he did. But the least attractive scams are those in which people steal from their employers and spend the money on lavish lifestyles or expensive vacations. That is not the case here. ”

His fraud warning in 2011 related to using a friend’s credit card to pay the phone bill, he added.

Judge Graham Cottle told him: “Your employers could not afford to lose this amount of money.

“It was a privately owned hotel and they had just started to change it, but they couldn’t allow someone they trusted to steal £ 16,000 from them.

“It was a very, very bad thing to do and you should be completely ashamed, and I think you are.”

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