Sam Wilson from Romsey spared jail after stealing more than £30,000 from close friend and boss

Daily Echo: Southampton Crown Court Southampton Crown Court

A RECRUITMENT consultant wiped away tears after he was spared an immediate prison sentence for stealing more than £30,000 from a longstanding friend who had employed him and given him shares in his company.

Southampton Crown Court heard that even when times were difficult at the company, Ben Holder had ensured that Sam Wilson would not go without his wages.

However, he didn’t realise that he was being ripped off by Wilson who he had known for ten years and trusted.

Prosecutor Rod Blain told Southampton Crown Court how Mr Holder ran Everest Recruitment which provided temporary staff for other firms, with Everest running the payroll and clients paying them through invoices.

The scam was uncovered when a customer contacted him over an invoice involving an employee who wasn’t there at the time.

“Mr Holder then discovered what had been going on,” said Mr Blain, outlining how Wilson had manipulated the system by inventing fictitious jobs the temporary workers were supposed to have done and diverting the cash into his own bank account.

“It went on for about two years involving 200 transactions.”

As a result, Wilson stole £30,259.10 from the company, with a loss to the business of more than £42,000.

When challenged, Wilson immediately confessed what he had done and resigned.

In an impact statement, Mr Holder told police how he regarded Wilson as a close friend and had always been there to help him, making sure he received his salary even when it was to his own detriment.

Mr Blain said the theft represented a grave breach of trust and was a lengthy course of conduct.

Wilson, 37, of Southampton Road, Romsey, admitted theft.

In mitigation, Alistair Wright told the court of Wilson’s financial problems after his marriage had collapsed and his efforts to “keep the wolf from the door.”

His parents would assist in repaying the cash and his shares, for which he had received no dividend, would be sold.

“There is no suggestion the money has been spent on self gratification but used to ensure those around him didn’t suffer.”

Giving him a two-year suspended sentence coupled with a 200 hours of community work, Recorder Maria Lamb accepted Wilson began working for Mr Holder in 2009 and he had not been dishonest from the outset.

“But it was an utter betrayal of the trust placed in you. You allowed your finances to get out of control and your predicament snowballed. I am satisfied your remorse is genuine.”

Wilson must return to court in October for a confiscation hearing.

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1:45pm Sat 28 Jun 14

huckit P says...

Why wouldn't this warrant an immediate jail term? And why wait until later this year for the confiscation hearing? He should be made to repay everything h stole and with interest. Who needs enemies when you have friends like that?
Why wouldn't this warrant an immediate jail term? And why wait until later this year for the confiscation hearing? He should be made to repay everything h stole and with interest. Who needs enemies when you have friends like that? huckit P
  • Score: 9

1:53pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Snowfox84 says...

Two year sentence is about right but suspending it? I didn't read anything that was so exceptional that it should be suspended.

How is it somehow better that he later became a thief during his employment? And as for remorse, I doubt he felt any before he got found out. Absolute joke of a sentence.

Breaches of trust = immediate custodial sentence. No its, no buts.
Two year sentence is about right but suspending it? I didn't read anything that was so exceptional that it should be suspended. How is it somehow better that he later became a thief during his employment? And as for remorse, I doubt he felt any before he got found out. Absolute joke of a sentence. Breaches of trust = immediate custodial sentence. No its, no buts. Snowfox84
  • Score: 8

2:19pm Sat 28 Jun 14

dockboy says...

I'm sure he's very sorry.
Sorry he got caught.
I'm sure he's very sorry. Sorry he got caught. dockboy
  • Score: 9

2:34pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Mary80 says...

Uh he didnt steal a tenner from his wallet he stole THIRTY GRAND...from a so called FRIEND no less why the hell wasnt he thrown in jail? So its ok to steal but as long as you cry and pretend your sorry you get a slap on the wrist???????? He wasn't punished so now the scumbag can freely go off and steal again as he knows he can get away with it. Our justice system is a bloody joke
Uh he didnt steal a tenner from his wallet he stole THIRTY GRAND...from a so called FRIEND no less why the hell wasnt he thrown in jail? So its ok to steal but as long as you cry and pretend your sorry you get a slap on the wrist???????? He wasn't punished so now the scumbag can freely go off and steal again as he knows he can get away with it. Our justice system is a bloody joke Mary80
  • Score: 9

6:57pm Sat 28 Jun 14

sparkster says...

it's all well and good wiping away tears it doesn't get the £30,000 back, some friend he turned out to be. A lot of marriages break up but not everyone goes around stealing from others especially a friend who had given him a job
it's all well and good wiping away tears it doesn't get the £30,000 back, some friend he turned out to be. A lot of marriages break up but not everyone goes around stealing from others especially a friend who had given him a job sparkster
  • Score: 8

8:16am Sun 29 Jun 14

notableedingheart says...

Have to disagree with those advocating gaol time. First offender, admitted his guilt, expressed and demonstrated contrition at all stages, amount is not huge in the scheme of things - this is not and never will be an appropriate case for gaol time and is an example of where the Judiciary got it right.
Gaol time is for the recidivist, violent, habitual criminal, the entrenched serious paedophile, the most serious of white collar crimes, the serious high end drug trafficker, the psychopathic terrorist who is a serious risk to our western society etc.
In short gaol is not for "minor" one off offences. In short there are many people in gaol who should not be there or are there because we do not have the foresight to develop punitive non-custodial punishments.
Have to disagree with those advocating gaol time. First offender, admitted his guilt, expressed and demonstrated contrition at all stages, amount is not huge in the scheme of things - this is not and never will be an appropriate case for gaol time and is an example of where the Judiciary got it right. Gaol time is for the recidivist, violent, habitual criminal, the entrenched serious paedophile, the most serious of white collar crimes, the serious high end drug trafficker, the psychopathic terrorist who is a serious risk to our western society etc. In short gaol is not for "minor" one off offences. In short there are many people in gaol who should not be there or are there because we do not have the foresight to develop punitive non-custodial punishments. notableedingheart
  • Score: -1

9:58am Sun 29 Jun 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Mary80 wrote:
Uh he didnt steal a tenner from his wallet he stole THIRTY GRAND...from a so called FRIEND no less why the hell wasnt he thrown in jail? So its ok to steal but as long as you cry and pretend your sorry you get a slap on the wrist???????? He wasn't punished so now the scumbag can freely go off and steal again as he knows he can get away with it. Our justice system is a bloody joke
What makes you think he is PRETENDING to be sorry? You realise that there are some people on this planet who make mistakes and are genuinely remorseful, right? You read the story, right? There are a few details that suggest he's one of them. I know it's much easier just to be a cynical moron about everything, but at least try, there's a good lass.
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Uh he didnt steal a tenner from his wallet he stole THIRTY GRAND...from a so called FRIEND no less why the hell wasnt he thrown in jail? So its ok to steal but as long as you cry and pretend your sorry you get a slap on the wrist???????? He wasn't punished so now the scumbag can freely go off and steal again as he knows he can get away with it. Our justice system is a bloody joke[/p][/quote]What makes you think he is PRETENDING to be sorry? You realise that there are some people on this planet who make mistakes and are genuinely remorseful, right? You read the story, right? There are a few details that suggest he's one of them. I know it's much easier just to be a cynical moron about everything, but at least try, there's a good lass. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 1

6:58pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Carli2412 says...

I am the ex wife and our marriage ended over 6 years ago! Because of his financial implications back then my parents had to pay him off! Clearing his debt against my name and my house so that me and my then newborn son could keep a roof over our heads. How he can blame this theft on our marriage is beyond me as he walked away debt free. Love the Audi he drives that he purchased less than a year ago! Maybe the court should ask his ex girlfriend about the money he stole from her 18mths ago!
I am the ex wife and our marriage ended over 6 years ago! Because of his financial implications back then my parents had to pay him off! Clearing his debt against my name and my house so that me and my then newborn son could keep a roof over our heads. How he can blame this theft on our marriage is beyond me as he walked away debt free. Love the Audi he drives that he purchased less than a year ago! Maybe the court should ask his ex girlfriend about the money he stole from her 18mths ago! Carli2412
  • Score: 1

7:08pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Carli2412 says...

Charlie Bucket wrote:
Mary80 wrote:
Uh he didnt steal a tenner from his wallet he stole THIRTY GRAND...from a so called FRIEND no less why the hell wasnt he thrown in jail? So its ok to steal but as long as you cry and pretend your sorry you get a slap on the wrist???????? He wasn't punished so now the scumbag can freely go off and steal again as he knows he can get away with it. Our justice system is a bloody joke
What makes you think he is PRETENDING to be sorry? You realise that there are some people on this planet who make mistakes and are genuinely remorseful, right? You read the story, right? There are a few details that suggest he's one of them. I know it's much easier just to be a cynical moron about everything, but at least try, there's a good lass.
He is good at pretending! Trust me
[quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Uh he didnt steal a tenner from his wallet he stole THIRTY GRAND...from a so called FRIEND no less why the hell wasnt he thrown in jail? So its ok to steal but as long as you cry and pretend your sorry you get a slap on the wrist???????? He wasn't punished so now the scumbag can freely go off and steal again as he knows he can get away with it. Our justice system is a bloody joke[/p][/quote]What makes you think he is PRETENDING to be sorry? You realise that there are some people on this planet who make mistakes and are genuinely remorseful, right? You read the story, right? There are a few details that suggest he's one of them. I know it's much easier just to be a cynical moron about everything, but at least try, there's a good lass.[/p][/quote]He is good at pretending! Trust me Carli2412
  • Score: 0

7:14pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Carli2412 says...

sparkster wrote:
it's all well and good wiping away tears it doesn't get the £30,000 back, some friend he turned out to be. A lot of marriages break up but not everyone goes around stealing from others especially a friend who had given him a job
His marriage breakup with me is irrelevant that happened over 6 years ago. He's sorry he got caught
[quote][p][bold]sparkster[/bold] wrote: it's all well and good wiping away tears it doesn't get the £30,000 back, some friend he turned out to be. A lot of marriages break up but not everyone goes around stealing from others especially a friend who had given him a job[/p][/quote]His marriage breakup with me is irrelevant that happened over 6 years ago. He's sorry he got caught Carli2412
  • Score: 1

10:24pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Carli2412 wrote:
sparkster wrote:
it's all well and good wiping away tears it doesn't get the £30,000 back, some friend he turned out to be. A lot of marriages break up but not everyone goes around stealing from others especially a friend who had given him a job
His marriage breakup with me is irrelevant that happened over 6 years ago. He's sorry he got caught
Did he divorce you for droning on and on so much?
[quote][p][bold]Carli2412[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sparkster[/bold] wrote: it's all well and good wiping away tears it doesn't get the £30,000 back, some friend he turned out to be. A lot of marriages break up but not everyone goes around stealing from others especially a friend who had given him a job[/p][/quote]His marriage breakup with me is irrelevant that happened over 6 years ago. He's sorry he got caught[/p][/quote]Did he divorce you for droning on and on so much? Charlie Bucket
  • Score: -2

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