Worker stole £3,700 to pay debts

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A CONSULTANT hired to make a caravan park’s booking process more secure, stole £3,700 from his employer to pay off debts, magistrates heard.

Ian Sismey, 53, of Foxley Court, Bourne, pleaded guilty to stealing cash from Coastfields Leisure, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court last Tuesday.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said police were informed of the theft which was said to have taken place on November 28, 2011, following an investigation by the company, which owns caravan sites in Skegness, Ingoldmells, Chapel St Leonards and Mablethorpe.

Sismey and another employee were handling the company’s accounts at the time and had processed cheques with a counterfoil ready for collection by G4S Security.

The other employee had also completed a counterfoil for the £3,700 cash on Sibsey’s behalf and had passed him the money which they saw him putting in his desk drawer.

CCTV footage provided by G4S showed that the cash was absent from the security bag, which contained only cheques when staff collected it from the caravan site.

A search of Sismey’s caravan from which he was soon to be evicted upon termination of his employment with Coastfields Leisure, revealed letters from debt collection agencies including threats to repossess his Bourne home.

Sismey later admitted stealing the money, which had all been spent paying off some of his debts.

Ian Benton, defending, said Sibsey had confirmed he was working as a consultant to review the company systems and that it was his first offence. Magistrates adjourned the case for sentencing on May 13 following a probation report.