Shop manager admits Poundworld fingerprint fraud

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A former manager at Poundworld in the Grosvenor Centre has admitted fraudulently claiming cash from the firm in a fake fingerprint con.

Stuart MacLennan, aged 38, of Greenwood Road, St James, admitted dishonestly making a false representation by fraudulently clocking in as a colleague when he was not working.

Northampton Crown Court heard the shop, on the ground floor of the town’s main shopping centre, used a fingerprint identity check for workers to clock in and clock out of their shifts.

They pressed their finger against an electronic pad to register when they were arriving and leaving.

However, MacLennan registered his middle finger’s prints to co-worker Dominic Motley. He used his print 
to fraudulently clock him in and one when he was not working.

Motley would then take out the additional pay out of his account, keeping £10, before paying MacLennan the rest.

The pair fraudulently claimed £756, between October and December last year.

Judge Richard Bray said: “This was a brazen fraud in your own shop where you were a manager. You got a junior employee to take extra for shifts he didn’t do and you pocketed most of that.”

MacLennan was given a 12-month community order, including a six-month supervision order, 120 hours of unpaid work and a 10-day education and employment requirement. He must also repay Poundworld £756.

The crown court heard Motley had already been handed a conditional discharge.