September 27, 2021
Business

Pair who scammed Failsworth business to make repayments

A man who conned a Failsworth business he was working for out of almost £35,000 has been ordered to pay it all back – but his partner in crime only has to repay a small amount.

Carl Hestford and Fiona Kerr were spared jail at Manchester Minshull Street for the fraud where they used a false Paypay Account while working for Carousel Soft Furnishing Limited.

The court heard Hestford had taken a job after a prison sentence when the company owner gave him another chance.

The deception of the pair emerged at the end of 2016 when a company wanted a refund and the owner was alerted to the false Paypal Account.

They were described as “valued members of the team” and the company got into financial difficulty because of the scam and there was never enough capital to expand the business.

The court also heard Kerr accepted taking £70,000 and Hestford admitted being…

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