Woman to pay £300 after defrauding firm out of £14,000
ABOGUS barrister who conned her employers into believing she was legally qualified and then defrauded them out of more than £14,000 has been ordered to pay the firm £300 in compensation because that is all the money she has.
Charlotte Elvidge, 40, of Green Drive Cottages, Little Barrington, was given an 18-month prison sentence suspended for two years on October 11 after being convicted at Gloucester Crown Court on four counts of fraud.
She had got a job with C.E. Lifts of Rodmarton, as contracts manager and defrauded them of £14,128.51 between November 9, 2015 and April 4, 2016.
Prosecuting barrister Janine Wood said: “The defendant has only got £300 in available assets but the benefit of her crime amounts to over £14,000.
His Honour Judge Michael Cullum told Elvidge: “This Proceeds of Crime hearing is now concluded and I order you to pay the company £300 in compensation within 28 days.”
The Proceeds of Crime hearing can,
however, be reopened if Elvidge comes into money in the future and has more assets available for confiscation.
At a previous hearing, it was stated that Elvidge started work for the firm in 2015 and the managing director David Mann found it “handy” she was a barrister because it helped with her understanding of the contracts she managed.
In March 2016 an accountant approached the managing director with concerns about pre-signed cheques which had been put through as payments to contractors but never been received.
The accountant asked the company bank to send the cheques and it was seen Elvidge had paid them to herself.
At a meeting on March 15, she admitted her offences, saying: “I’m busted!”
After she left, another director, Peter Perry, found that his credit card had been used by Elvidge to make purchases at Homebase and B&Q.
She had also used a fuel card to obtain a total of £250. Elvidge took her law exams in 2014 but was never called to the Bar.
She expressed “regret and remorse” after admitting her offences in 2017.