A JCB worker who was £45,000 in debt spent thousands on a company credit card on things like theatre tickets and beauty salon treatments.
Kindra Fisher, of Sadler Drive, Doveridge, stole a total of £10,000 from the digger firm during her role as a corporate travel consultant at JCB headquarters, in Rocester. She used the firm’s credit card to also buy groceries, paid for hotel stays and cinema trips, and to pay her utility bills.
Fisher had previously pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position and appeared to be sentenced at Stafford Crown Court on Thursday, February 24.
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The court heard that the offence happened between September 14, 2020, and July 5, 2021, when she was expected to safeguard the financial interests of JCB but dishonestly abused the position by using company credit cards to purchase goods and services for herself.
Her job was to arrange travel for employees at the firm, using the company credit card.
On July 5, 2021, it was noticed that some invoices signed by her were not for company travel, prosecutor Nicholas Tatlow told the court.
Mr Tatlow said she was suspended by JCB and later told the firm she had “expected this conversation”.
He added: “She said ‘God knows what I was thinking. I cannot say sorry enough’.
“She then resigned and said she would rectify the situation.
“[It was found] the card was used to pay for hotel stays, groceries, beauty shops, utility bills, cinema and theatre tickets.”
In her police interview Fisher, who had no previous convictions, said she had used the credit card by accident at first but went on to say she knew what she was doing and she was in financial difficulty after her partner left her with a lot of debt, Mr Tatlow said.
The court heard she stole a total of £10,393.94 and £750.01 had been refunded.
Her defence solicitor, Mark Moore, told the court: “These are the types of cases where a situation is triggering where a person who has never been in trouble suddenly engages in activity which opens them at the doors of prison.
“She was in £45,000 worth of debt. She had no home, no furniture. No facilities to cook.
“Regrettably she found herself at her lowest point and it seems the initial use of the card was by accident and she realised it was something that could help and used it regularly. It was obvious at some point JCB would catch up with her.
“Following the initial media interest in the case and on social media she has lost her [subsequent] job.
“She is worried about her children and her mother. This has hit her hard. Her remorse is significant and heart felt.
“Her children would have to be placed in care if she went to prison.”
Judge Jonathan Gosling told her: “This was a thoroughly dishonest and protracted breach of trust.”
Fisher was given a six-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered to carry out a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement.
JCB declined to comment after the caser when approached by Staffordshire Live.
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