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Suspended Sentences For Barnsley Fraudsters

Thursday October 24 2013


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TWO Barnsley men have escaped jail - despite being the protagonists in a £135,000 fraud which resulted in people losing their jobs.

Stephen Roberts, 48, and Shane Burkinshaw, 30, worked at Sash UK Ltd, a window and door manufacturer in Grimethorpe.

The pair deliberately over-ordered 630 packs of screws worth £93,000 to qualify for free gifts.

The incentive gifts they received were worth £41,695. Faced with a £135,000 loss, the firm had to axe jobs as a result.

Laptops, TVs, DVD players, wine, sportswear and shop gift vouchers were kept or sold on.

Many of the screws were not needed by the company and some were six times more expensive than the ones normally used, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Michael Rawlinson, prosecuting, said they ‘persistently and deliberately over-ordered’. The fraud came to light in May 2011 after an audit showed ‘suspicious’ ordering patterns.

"This was done dishonestly and solely to qualify for purchase incentives or free gifts that were provided by certain suppliers of those screws," he said.

Roberts, of Felkirk View, Shafton, and Burkinshaw, of Manor Park, Silkstone, both admitted two offences of fraud by abuse of position.

Roberts was given an 18-month jail term, suspended for two years, and was ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid community work.

Burkinshaw received a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with 150 hours of unpaid work.

Each were placed on electronically monitored evening curfews.

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Reply Posted by P on Thursday October 24 2013 at 10:32
£93,000 for 630 pkts of screws omfg these screws must be made of gold think they is a bit of exaggeration there

Reply Posted by Herbert on Thursday October 24 2013 at 11:28
That's a lot of screws...

Reply Posted by AHR on Thursday October 24 2013 at 11:32
Not bad earnings for a few weeks unpaid ? work and a suspended sentence.

Reply Posted by jon_boy on Thursday October 24 2013 at 12:03
Eh? This doesn't add up! WAB hyping up a story yet again? Why would Sash be faced with a £135k loss if £93k worth of screws were ordered? Just because the men received 42k incentives this is not an additional loss to Sash. The screws themselves had value so the total loss to Sash would be less than 93k. In the scheme of things this can't be a massive sum for a company of the size of Sash to deal with and I'm surprised this would lead to people (plural) losing jobs - other than the fraudsters.

Reply Posted by Peter H on Friday October 25 2013 at 09:08
Well Done jon_boy, logic & sense on WAB, what a refreshing change

Reply Posted by Annon on Thursday October 24 2013 at 13:25
As if these figures are true I agree with 3 of the above comments
This is only one side of the story no doubt
Def an exaggeration

Reply Posted by LOL on Saturday October 26 2013 at 17:13
Fetch back GREEN SHIELD STAMPS.

Reply Posted by king louis on Monday October 28 2013 at 08:44
"Yeah buy one..Yeah get one free".. I said,.. "Yeah buy one... Yeah get one free!"... I think the robbers were thinking of another window company