Consultant stole £3,700 to pay debts

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A CONSULTANT who stole cash from a company which hired him to improve performance has been ordered to pay back the money.

Ian Sismey, 52, of Foxley Court, Bourne, was brought in to assist a company in Skegness but came under suspicion after cash which was supposed to be paid into the company bank account went missing.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, told Skegness magistrates that £3,700 was missing from a bag of cash collected for banking by the security firm G4S.

Subsequent checks showed the money never been put in the cash bag.

Sismey, who was working as a consultant reviewing systems at the company, Coastfields Leisure, staying temporarily in a caravan on site, initially claimed he could not remember preparing the banking on the date the money went missing.

Mr Clare said: “He was arrested on site. A search revealed a large amount of debt collection agency letters adding up to tens of thousands of pounds of debt and he was facing repossession of his marital home.”

Sismey then confessed to police that he stole the money.

The incident happened on November 28, 2011. Sismey pleaded guilty to theft and was given a community order with 150 hours of unpaid work. Magistrates ordered him to pay £3,707 compensation and £85 prosecution costs.

David Lee, mitigating, said Sismey had never been in trouble before and was full of remorse,

“He has lost his good character due to his actions on that day,” Mr Lee said. “He has got to live with that for the rest of his life.

“It was not planned. The cash was there. He took it.

“He was up to his eyes in debt. The money was not spent on a lavish lifestyle. £1,500 went on paying his son’s university fees and £1,000 went to pay council tax arrears on a house where he does not live. All he can do is apologise for his actions.”