Provident Financial Services Ltd v Sarah Robe – Employee fraud – Private Prosecution

Edmonds Marshall McMahon on behalf of Provident Financial Services Ltd brought a successful prosecution against the defendant, Sarah Robe, for offences of fraud by false representation, contrary to s.1 Fraud Act 2006.

The defendant worked as a loans agent for Provident Personal Credit. The allegations in this case related to a number of fraudulent loan applications made by the defendant in the names of others.

Investigators on behalf of Provident Financial Services Ltd produced evidence confirming that between 28th November 2012 and 28th November 2013, the defendant abused her position of trust by taking out loans in another’s name without their knowledge or permission. The defendant then retained the loan monies for her own benefit.

The defendant appeared at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court on 9th December and pleaded guilty to all charges. She was sentenced at Derby Crown Court on 22nd January; taking into account her guilty plea, to 6 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 2 years with 12 months’ supervision and £100 victim surcharge.