An assistant accountant working for a car dealership in Bristol has been convicted of fraud for siphoning off nearly £16,000 to pay for holidays and cosmetic surgery.
Emma Bray worked in the finance team at the Bristol Audi dealership and took advantage of her access to the firm’s sales ledger, according to the ThisIsBristol.co.uk report on her trial.
Prosecutor Richard Shepherd said the accounts assistant had worked out how to take money out of the system without triggering any alerts. But her frauds came to light when a customer asked for their £1,000 deposit back.
Bray was fired from her job when the thefts were discovered, and narrowly avoided going to jail after pleading guilty to nine counts of fraud.
She was given a suspended prison sentence of eight months, 120 hours of community service and “specified activity” for ten days.