13 Teller stole £140,000 from travel com­pany

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A SCOTS Thomas Cook em­ployee em­bez­zled £140,000 af­ter dis­cov­er­ing a com­puter loop­hole that al­lowed her to take as much cash as she wanted from a till at the shop where she worked.

Ali­cia Moran stole dol­lars, eu­ros and UK cur­rency from the branch at Intu Brae­head, near Glas­gow, over six months and treated her­self to trips to Flor­ida, New York, Las Ve­gas, Spain, Euro Dis­ney and La­p­land.

She did so by pro­cess­ing 140 cur­rency trans­ac­tions where noth­ing was re­ceived in re­turn.

Moran, 33, of Greenock, over-rode the com­puter so that the till bal­anced af­ter each trans­ac­tion, leav­ing the hol­i­day firm’s au­di­tors un­aware of the miss­ing cash. It was only when col­leagues found $400 was miss­ing was her crime dis­cov­ered.

Pais­ley Sher­iff Court heard that when ques­tioned by a work col­league, Moran claimed she had given them to a cus­tomer by mis­take.

But the court heard her cash till later showed €1,200 had gone. Then a col­league found £1,000 in cash hid­den in a safe un­der a pile of en­velopes.

Fis­cal de­pute Alan Par­fery said an­other staff mem­ber told bosses Moran had claimed the amount could be “man­u­ally cor­rected” on the com­puter to pre­vent man­agers be­com­ing aware of any money dis­ap­pear­ing.

It re­sulted in a na­tion­wide re­view of se­cu­rity at Thomas Cook stores which found the loop­hole. Moran ad­mit­ted em­bez­zle­ment yes­ter­day. She had orig­i­nally been charged with tak­ing more than £241,000.

Sher­iff David Pen­der de­ferred sen­tence.

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