Thieving accounts clerk to sell house to re-pay firm £339k
A TRUSTED accounts clerk who stole more than £330,000 from her employer will have to sell her house to repay some of the money.
Beverley Pearce, 54, was jailed after she admitted stealing from Pontypriddbased building company Brecongate – her employer of 16 years – putting dozens of jobs at risk as a result.
In a victim impact statement read at her sentencing hearing in February, managing director Paul Jones said: “The money that she has taken has severely damaged our business.”
The court heard the mother of two pocketed a total of £339,817.82 between 2011 and 2016.
During a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing at Cardiff Crown Court, prosecutor Claire Pickthall said the defendant had £46,209.84 available to pay back.
She asked the judge to make a confiscation order, with the money to be paid in compensation to Brecongate.
Clare Wilks, defending, said her client would need to sell her house to raise the funds.
She asked for three months – the maximum period allowed – for Pearce to pay the money. If the defendant does not pay in that time she could go to prison for 12 months, although she can apply for an extension.
Pearce appeared via video link from HM Prison Eastwood Park. She was jailed earlier this year for 32 months after she pleaded guilty to theft.
The court heard she paid herself up to five times a month from the company accounts. She was found out last year when another employee noticed 90 unauthorised transactions from the company account to B Pearce.
Prosecutors said she confessed immediately, admitting: “I’ve got myself into trouble.”
Pearce, from Poplar Road in Rhydyfelin, worked as an account supervisor for Brecongate, a building contractor company based in Upper Boat, near Pontypridd.
The court heard her offending started when she could not afford to pay her mortgage.
Ms Wilks said her client was addicted to online gambling, adding: “It was almost not real money – putting figures into the computer and gambling away.”
She said Pearce was “shocked” when she realised how much money she had taken.
Judge Thomas Crowther QC told her at the sentencing hearing: “You have lost your good name and mystified your family.
“You may not have driven fast cars or lived in a mansion but you frittered away thousands of pounds that would transform anyone’s life.”