IT WASN’T THEFT …I WAS BONKING THE BOSS!
DENIAL: But Allen ( had sex with boss CLAIMS: Hing says
Allen stole from
his firm A FINANCE manager accused of stealing £100,000 said her boss allowed her to take the money because they were having an affair, a jury heard.
Married Theresa Allen claimed she had an 18-month relationship with Nicholas Hing and that he knew she was paying herself a second salary and claiming fictitious overtime and expenses.
Mr Hing, the managing director of Swift Metal Fabrications, told Luton Crown Court he had “got off” with 43-year-old Mrs Allen and had sex with her four or five times, but never agreed to pay her more than £412 a week wages.
The 51-year-old, who formed the company in Houghton Regis, Beds, 25 years ago, said that Mrs Allen joined in November 2008.
“She slowly grew into the job and had total control of the finances – paying wages, sorting out tax returns, getting money from clients and paying the tax and VAT,” he said.
In December 2012 his accountant Nicola Brooks alerted him to financial irregularities and on January 2, 2013 he arranged to meet Mrs Allen in a pub in Houghton Regis to ask her where the money had gone. She is alleged to have told him she could produce documents to show where the money had been allocated, but once back in the office she resigned.
Divorced Mr Hing told the court he and Mrs Allen had gone out with work colleagues on occasions and got drunk, and said: “We ended up sleeping together after a drinkfuelled night.”
Asked how many times they had sex he said: “I can’t recall – four or five times maybe.”
He denied they had sex at least 30 times over 18 months.
Theresa Allen, of Luton, denies stealing £100,600.82p “to pay for her gambling habit”, as the prosecution alleges.
The case continues.