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Shop worker’s voucher shame

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

A trusted till operator stole from his workplace by cashing vouchers twice.

Adam Hawkins, 22, of Wentworth Drive, Thornton, pleaded guilty to fraud between May and August 2012.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, told Blackpool magistrates that Hawkins had worked at the Co-op in Thornton for two years and became a trusted worker, cashing up his own till and having access to the cash office.

The shop’s management was alerted by head office that there were discrepancies in the accounts.

Inquiries showed each time the discrepancies occurred Hawkins’s pin number was logged in.

Co-op customers with vouchers were either given the value of the voucher off their bill or the value in cash was given to them.

Hawkins had scanned the vouchers once for the customer and then again for himself, keeping the cash, which totalled £569. When confronted Hawkins resigned.

Imran Majid, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had done something extremely foolish and he regretted it.

The police had been willing to give him a conditional caution which would have avoided a court appearance, but because Hawkins was not working then he would have been unable to pay back the compensation in the time span allowed for such a caution.

He was given an 18 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £569 compensation plus £85 costs.

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