A recruitment manager stole from his Huddersfield employers after getting into financial difficulties when he separated from his wife.
Paul Nicholson prosecuting told Leeds Crown Court yesterday that David Howard worked for Prime Time Recruitment for around seven years and was promoted to a branch manager in May 2012.
He was described as a valued and trusted member of staff with access to workers personal information but an internal investigation was launched after discrepancies were noticed on figures from his branch.
That showed that payments had been made into four bank accounts which were found to belong to Howard, his mother, his father and his niece who said he had given them an explanation why he needed to use their accounts.
Mr Nicholson said in all 43 transactions were involved totalling £8477.91. When he was questioned by police he said he had got into financial difficulties after separating from his wife.
James Lake representing Howard said he had never been in trouble before and the money had not been used for a lavish lifestyle.
Howard, 34 of Millroyd Mill, Brighouse, admitted one charge of theft from Prime Time in Lockwood Park, Huddersfield and and one of concealing criminal property. He was given a 12 month community order with a medium level activity requirement and 200 hours unpaid work.
Sentencing him Judge Tom Bayliss QC said he was a man “of otherwise impeccable character.
“You worked for Prime Time Recruitment for many years, in 2012 you were promoted to branch manager, apparently that coincided with marital difficulties. You got yourself both into an emotionally fragile state and also into financial difficulties and as a result you stole from your employer.”
He said that was a serious matter but in light of his plea and background he could avoid a prison sentence.