13 Teller stole £140,000 from travel company
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.