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Fraudster faked employees to pay himself £200,000 in wages

Written by on 09/10/2020

An employee at a Sheffield recruitment agency has been jailed after he falsely claimed wages of over £200,000 after submitting seven time sheets for different people.

Thomas Armin, 30, had set up fake workers on the company’s payroll system and had put his own bank details down next to their names.

He submitted fake time sheets for seven different people so that the wages would go into his account.

But he was caught out when a client of the agency flagged the timesheets as suspicious.

Officers arrested Armin in April 2019, when the force received a call from a recruitment agency reporting one of their employees had been claiming wages fraudulently for over a year.

Detective Constable Natalie Bettison, investigating said: “Armin’s actions surfaced after a meeting between his employer and one of their clients, where it was alleged that the client owed the agency money.

“Following the meeting, Armin called his boss admitting that he had ‘been stupid’ and ‘done things wrong’ and it transpired that he had defrauded his employers out of thousands of pounds. They took the right steps and reported Armin to police, who was arrested.”

Armin of High Street, Ecclesfield pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation on July 10 2020 and was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on October 8.

DC Bettison added: “Armin submitted timesheets for seven people, making sure they were ‘signed off’ by real site managers as to keep up the illusion.

“These timesheets had eventually been picked up by the client and flagged to the recruitment agency as being suspicious.

“By the time we investigated him he had spent all the money, bar a few thousand pounds. He did not keep records, but the total amount of money was around £200,000. Armin’s motives were clear – to enhance his overall lifestyle.

“It is right that he has been served a custodial sentence today, he shamelessly defrauded his own employer and he also used the names of people he had worked with in the past to do so.

“This was distressing for them and their families to be implicated in the investigation.

“We take this type of criminality incredibly seriously and we understand the impact it can have on businesses and employers.”

Armin was jailed for three years.