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Dersingham man admits defrauding King's Lynn company out of more than £1.3m



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A Dersingham man has admitted gaining more than £1.3 million from a Lynn firm by fraud.

Few details of the offence by Andrew Charles May were discussed at Lynn Magistrates’ Court yesterday as the sentencing power of the bench was immediately accepted to be insufficient.

But the 44-year-old pleaded guilty to making payments from SealSkinz’ company account to his personal Barclaycard account.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (44072011)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (44072011)

The charge also states he made payments for personal expenditure using his company Barclaycard and editing the Barclaycard statements to hide the items of expenditure.

It also says he created fake invoices then changed the bank account details so that payments were made to his personal account.

The total gained by May, of Philip Nurse Road, between February 1, 2015 and July 31, 2019 is stated as £1,336,916.88.

Solicitor Andrew Cogan said the amount involved in the offence - which had been committed due to gambling debts - was disputed and might be reduced at a later point but not by a significant amount.

He also told the court that civil proceedings were ongoing which might recoup some of the amount.

Bench chairman John Hare told May: “This is obviously a huge sum of money. The case is so serious that it needs greater punishment than we can give.”

The case will next be heard at Norwich Crown Court on a date to be fixed and May, who has no previous convictions, was granted unconditional bail.

SealSkinz, of Oldmedow Road, is an independent company specialising in waterproof clothing and accessories.



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