Payroll clerk jailed for stealing thousands from employees

21 December 2021

Robert Carlin, a former payroll clerk, has been sentenced to 26 months in prison for stealing thousands of pounds from the employees of two organisations.

The 40-year-old transferred over £55,000 from Reflex Labels into six of his own bank accounts. This was across 34 transactions between the period of July and November 2018. He targeted final salary payments being made to employees who were leaving the business. One former employee queried why they failed to receive the higher settlement payment they were expecting, and at this point, Mr. Carlin was questioned by police.

Once released pending further investigation, he commenced employment within the accounts department at Bistrot Pierre, but continued to fraudulently divert funds of over £7,000 into his own accounts.

Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court, where Mr. Carlin pleaded guilty, the judge described him as “thoroughly dishonest”, before handing him a 26-month prison sentence.

The Nottingham Post reported that Detective Constable, Lucy Ward, commented:

“I hope this case sends a clear message to those who believe they can abuse their position for their own financial gain that offences will be uncovered and you will be brought before the courts to answer to your crimes.”

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