Northampton fraudster who conned employer out of more than £120k sent to prison

Some of the money he stole was intended to be donated to a charity to help refugees in another country

Thursday, 15th July 2021, 1:49 pm

A Northampton fraudster who conned his employer out of more than £120,000 has been sent to prison.

Simon Burke, of Easton Lane, Northampton, has been sentenced to two and a half years’ imprisonment following a conviction for fraud.

The 30-year-old was sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court on Tuesday (July 13), after he pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to one count of fraud by abuse of position.

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Simon Burke. Photo: Thames Valley Police
Simon Burke. Photo: Thames Valley Police

Burke was guilty of defrauding the Milton Keynes business that employed him.

Between May 1, 2018 and December 2018, Burke was employed as an events director for a retail business based in Milton Keynes.

During this time Burke used his position to doctor invoice payments to display his own bank details, taking £103,660.80 from the company for his own financial gain.

Additionally Burke de-frauded £28,000 from the company which was intended to be donated to a charity to help refugees in another country.

Burke was arrested on December 11, 2019 and was charged on March 11, 2020.

Investigating officer PC Jonathan Holt, based at Milton Keynes police station, said: “Burke used his position in order to defraud his employer out of thousands of pounds.

“What makes this crime even more shocking is that he was willing to take money that was earmarked for a charitable donation, which would have helped vulnerable refugees in need of aid in a foreign country.

“I am satisfied that Burke has been sentenced and that he has faced up to his crime by pleading guilty.

“Thames Valley Police is committed to investigating fraud offences and we will continue to bring offenders before the courts to face justice.”

Burke was sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment.