Kevin Pomeroy, Daniel Pomeroy and James Chapman were jailed for a combined 15 years after the trio pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud. The gang of fraudsters used bogus email addresses along with the corporate identities of staff from McDonalds and Greggs in order to obtain credit to buy large amounts of expensive goods.
The trio managed to obtain over £2.7m worth of goods through their scam, including 400 Alba televisions, 20,000 bottles of Marks and Spencer Champagne, 1,400 coffee machines and more. The haul came from 13 companies and is believed to have been sold, with the profits paying for everything from cars to holidays, jewellery and a large collection of football memorabilia. The gang were caught following an operation launched by Greater Manchester Police and were charged for conspiracy to defraud and money laundering.
This type of company fraud is not uncommon, although this case was an extreme example, there are hundreds of acts of fraud, espionage and theft being plotted and carried out daily throughout the UK, and you should be sure that you have the necessary precautions in place to ensure you don’t fall victim to these sorts of scams.
At Insight we have over 30 years’ experience in the private investigation industry and have dealt with hundreds of cases of fraud, espionage and theft from companies and have seen it all. If you’re concerned about the possibility of employee theft or fraud against your business, call us now on 0800 14 55 123 for an efficient and discreet service.