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Ashford fraudster jailed after stealing £250,000 from family business

PUBLISHED: 15:15 19 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:15 19 May 2017

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Elaine Negus, 51, was employed by the firm for nine years

A fraudster has been jailed for three years and four months after she stole £242,016 from a family business.

Between October 2010 and September 2014, Elaine Negus, 51, moved thousands from the company into her personal account every month.

Negus, of Baileys Field, Ashford, worked for the firm for nine years as a clerical assistant then as an office manager. She was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday.

The fraud was spotted when she left the business in 2014.

An accountant found Negus had swapped her account number for that of legitimate suppliers.

Thousands were paid from the family-run business into her account in 79 transactions, each one disguised as legitimate payment.

Negus refused to comment when interviewed by police and declined to allow officers to access her account records.

Her account was seized and each fraudulent transaction over the four years was shown as evidence in court.

Investigating officer detective constable Kay Brown said: “Her actions have had a significant impact on the victims and their employees and destroyed the trust and respect built over nine years of employment.

“If anyone suspects a fraud is being committed, or would like support and advice concerning fraud please contact Action Fraud online or by calling 0300 1232040.”

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