You may remember back in October I posted this blog entitled One Foolish Act?
The blog told the story of Louise Martini, a cashier at law firm Williamson & Soden who used her position to steal £1.6 million over a period of seven years. Despite the scale of the operation and the fact she had defrauded not only the firm but also its clients, the lady in question somewhat optimistically claimed her crime was merely 'one foolish act'.
Unsurprisingly, neither her employer nor the courts agreed and she was sentenced to five years imprisonment.
RollOnFriday, the same website who broke the original story, have now reported that another cashier has been up to the same sort of thing albeit on a smaller scale.
Emma Rowsell was a chief cashier at an international city law firm when she began to siphon money from the firm into her own bank account.
Compared to Ms Martini she was less greedy - or perhaps less successful - as she only got away with a mere £63,000. However, her excuse was even more brazen: she claimed she had taken the money because she had had enough of being paid less than her colleagues.
Unsurprisingly, neither this nor her attempt at winning sympathy for the fact she was a single mother fell on deaf ears as the court sentenced her to 18 months imprisonment.
Last time round I advised employers to ensure that they have strong procedures in place to identify any wrong-doing by staff and I would reiterate that message now. Fortunately, in this case, the law firm's internal audit process quickly picked up on the issue which just proves it does pay to be careful.