Travel firm worker swiped £140k from firm
who made this discovery on August 10, 2015, then carried out checks into the computer system and Thomas Cook’s stock books.
The fiscal added: “Around this time, another member of staff reported the accused had advised her that in the event of a daily shortfall, the amount could be manually corrected on the computer terminal to prevent the managers or supervisors becoming aware.
“Dealing with these issues caused a large-scale investigation to take place, causing Thomas Cook to review their security checks and policy on a nationwide basis.”
The court was told that, during the investigation, it emerged Moran had given $ 10,000 to two customers with the same address.
However, when CCTV footage was checked, “it was noticed there were no customers in the store at the time the fraudulent transactions were processed by the accused”.
The fiscal added that when Moran was later summoned to work for a showdown with bosses, she turned up with her bag full of cash and told them: “I sorted the other ones out,” and added: “I have all the money here for the other ones.”
In total, the investigation established 140 fraudulent transactions, totalling £140,000, had been carried out by Moran, and her employers reported her to police.
When cops went to arrest her at her home, they discovered she was on a luxury trip.
Detectives then arrested her as she got off the plane at Glasgow Airport on February 25, 2016, after holidaying in New York and Las Vegas.
The inquiry also found she had been to Spain, Florida and Lapland, and had paid off all her personal debts, paid off her partner’s debts and cleared his mother’s debts too, as well as spending money on clothes, jewellery and electronic devices, such as tablets and phones.
Moran pleaded guilty to embezzling £ 140,000 while employed at Thomas Cook, Braehead, between February 2, 2015, and August 25, 2015.
Defence agent Terry Gallanagh said: “They say ‘Don’t just book it, Thomas Cook it.’ Well, Miss Moran certainly cooked the books.
“Thomas Cook employees are provided better rates of exchange than ordinary customers.
“This is seen as a perk of the job. With Miss Moran, this got very much got out of control.
“It started with close friends and family, then the matter escalated to half the town ... they were coming to her and asking her to get them funds.
“The Crown has accepted her plea of guilty and she has attended every hearing, bar one, so I would ask that she given bail in order to sort out her affairs.”
Sheriff David Pender told Morgan: “These are very serious matters”, before releasing her on bail to obtain backgrounds reports in preparation for sentencing her.
Morgan, of Burns Road, Greenock, will discover her fate when she returns to court on November 9.
They say ‘Don’t book it, Thomas Cook it.’ Well, Miss Moran certainly cooked the books
Guilty Currency worker Alicia Moran admitted embezzling £140,000