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Finance manager stole from firm to fund luxury lifestyle which included pedigree kittens

Matthew Farrimond, 41. A finance manager who stole more than £350,000 from the company he worked for to fund a lavish lifestyle which included buying pedigree KITTENS has been jailed. See ROSS PARRY story RPYFRAUD. Deceitful Matthew Farrimond, 41, made nine payments from the construction company’s business account into his own under the guise of charity donations. He fraudulently paid £369,000 into his bank account, some of which he used to buy a house, a court heard. The remainder of the money was spent on pedigree kittens, holidays and a lavish lifestyle filled with days out and drinks. Farrimond from Buckshaw Village near Chorley, Lancs., had spent a number of years as finance manager at building firm Herbert T Forrest before he was arrested on January 10, 2017.

The court heard that Farrimond, who worked for Bolton-based construction firm Herbert T Forrest, began living beyond his means, resulting in him taking the company’s money to maintain his plush lifestyle. Suspicions arose over Farrimond’s illicit behaviour after the finance manager, who had worked for the company since 2010, was found in possession of two cheque stubs for large payments to charities which had not been planned. How to talk to your kids about racism Further investigations by the company revealed that the money had in fact been paid to Farrimond’s personal account, rather than the charity listed on the cheque. The court heard that Farrimond had made a total of nine payments from the business account into his own funds and created false invoices in an attempt to conceal this from the company. Farrimond was arrested in January during a Greater Manchester Police investigation conducted by fraud specialists. Farrimond used some of the money to buy designer kittens. (Picture: Getty) He originally denied the allegations, claiming to have been doing work ‘off the books’, but at a pre-trial hearing on June 1 Farrimond changed his pleas to guilty. At Bolton Crown Court on Monday, Farrimond was sentenced to four years for 12 counts of fraud by false representation and one count of money laundering. Police Constable Kate Riley, of Greater Manchester Police’s Economic Crime Section, said: ‘Farrimond’s role was to safeguard the financial interests of the company he worked for, but he was the biggest threat to their hard-earned funds. Mum-of-two horrified to find razor blade inside cuddly hippo toy she bought from Aldi ‘That he would deceitfully take money from the company he worked for is one thing, but he should be ashamed of the fact he hid his fraud by pretending to pay charities. ‘Even though he managed to take funds for a number of months, today’s sentence proves that you cannot get away with stealing money that doesn’t belong to you.’ A spokesperson for Forrest Construction Firm said: ‘The company is satisfied with the outcome and thankful that the case is now closed.’




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