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While working for a traffic management company in 2012, Anthony Jones-Hughes set up a direct debit on his employer’s bank account to pay for his mother’s car insurance.

He subsequently left the company but the direct debit remained in place and was only discovered two years later, costing the company £841.

The case was referred to the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) and officers arrested Jones-Hughes in December 2014. Despite not having authorisation to use the company account for personal use, he denied that he had set up the payments for his mother’s car insurance to come from the company account and blamed the insurance company.

However, after further enquiries, he was charged with fraud by false representation and found guilty of the offence at Newport Magistrates’ Court. He was sentenced to 20 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 12 months, to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and pay £841 in compensation and costs of £620.

Detective Constable Clinton Bond from IFED, who investigated the case said: “Jones-Hughes abused his position in his company and set up a direct debit using the company account to pay for his mother’s car insurance. Throughout the investigation he denied any wrongdoing, but it was clear that he set out to defraud his company and he is now paying the price.”

More details of the case here