Travel firm worker swiped £140k from firm

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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

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