Fenland accountant was tricky case to work on, say police


ROBERT WILSON - Credit: Archant

POLICE have revealed how the Fenland accountant who helped himself to almost £200,000 of company money over a five year period was a complicated case to work on.

Detective Sergeant Matt Swash said Wilson tried to stop investigations by refusing to let police see his banks accounts.

Officers, however, called his bluff by going to court to obtain a special order allowing them to gain access to his statements.

Under PACE, Police and Criminal Evidence Act, a Section 9 production order was authorised and the force were able to begin looking at his accounts. Det Sgt Swash said: “This was a huge breach of trust placed on someone who was supposed to be safeguarding the financial interests of the company.

“Wilson tried to hamper the investigation by refusing access to his accounts, but we showed he dishonestly abused his position for his own gain.

“It was a complex investigation involving careful analysis of years’ worth of financial transactions to allow justice to be done.”

Robert Wilson, 33, of Bronze Street, March, stole a total of £195,719.53 in 144 fraudulent credit transfers to two different accounts between April 2007 and September 2012.

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He pleaded guilty to theft from an employer and on Friday (July 26) was jailed for two years at Peterborough Crown Court.

Wilson worked for S&W Precision Engineering, in Longhill Road, March, for almost five years and in 2012 he walked out saying he was suffering from stress.

A temporary accountant was employed who noticed paperwork was missing from the accounts.

There were 20 transactions totalling more than £16,000 which had been paid from the company to an account in the name of ‘R Wilson’.

When Wilson was asked for an explanation he admitted stealing it.

He was arrested and interviewed, but denied officers consent to carry out enquiries into his bank account.

Once police had the Section 9 production order further investigation revealed there were numerous unauthorised payments totalling more than £179,000.

Wilson was interviewed a second time and he confirmed every transaction was his doing and he had unlawfully taken the money.

Speaking after the court case managing director of S&W, Graham Whyles, said Wilson’s theft had cost the firm an additional £30,000 in extra accounting and auditor fees to trawl through years of paperwork.

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