Trusted manager stole £200,000 through ‘systematic, deliberate and cynical’ fraud and spent it all

Financial investigators could not find any of the more than £ 200,000 a trusted manager stole from the family business where he worked, according to a court.

Philip Mileham abused his position at the company to order goods from their suppliers which he then resold privately, using his knowledge of the company’s systems and procedures to muddy the waters.

All the while, he was bragging to his colleagues about the extravagant lifestyle he led – a lifestyle he financed by robbing their employers.

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In July of this year, Mileham was sentenced to three years in prison at Swansea Crown Court for what a judge called systematic, deliberate and cynical fraud against Westward Energy Services Ltd in Pontardawe, a family-owned business that provides services heating to households customers, municipalities and housing associations.

When the case returned to court for a proceeds of crime hearing, the court heard that the 43-year-old had benefited from his criminal conduct to the tune of £ 205,320 – but financial investigators were unable to find no available assets held by the accused. The court issued a confiscation order with a face value of £ 1.

Mileham worked as a Facilities Manager at Westward Energy Services and, over the past three years, has used his position to order more than 300 heating boilers from the company’s supplier which he has sold privately, keeping the ‘money for itself. The defendant used “a variety of means” to cover his tracks, meaning that the movements of the boilers were not spotted.

At his sentencing hearing in July, lawyer Christopher Rees said the accused’s father had worked for the firm before him and that it had to be accepted that there was a relationship of trust “of long standing “. He said his client had struggled financially as a result of his divorce and started drinking heavily – these things together, he said, led to the offense. The lawyer said the references given to the court showed a very different side to the accused’s personality, and he said Mileham – of Lime Tree Way, Newton, Porthcawl – was “burning with shame” because of this. that he had done.

Firing it down, Judge Paul Thomas QC said that while the defendant’s divorce may have played a role in the offense, he suspected much of it was due to greed. The judge said the accused was clearly a savvy businessman and would have known his actions endangered the jobs of those he worked with – even though he bragged to those same people about his way of life .

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