Plumbers merchant boss stole £25,000

The acting manager of a Plumbline plumbers merchants branch stole more than £25,000 from the company.

Michael Quinn, 43, pleaded guilty to six counts of theft between April, 2006, and November, 2007, at Nottingham Crown Court. At the time, he was acting manager at the firm’s branch in Porchester Road, Mapperley..

Ann McCarroll, prosecuting, said Quinn abused his position and did not keep a computer record of stocks and sales.

The thefts were uncovered in October, 2007, by the company accountant, according to the Nottingham Evening Post. When a manager investigation was launched and Quinn left the company.

Justin Wigoder, defending, said Quinn was sorry for the offences. He said he had stolen the cash to pay for his alcohol and gambling addictions.

Quinn was given a 12-month jail term, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 240 hours of unpaid work.

“When you were in a position of trust you thieved from your employer,” said Judge Teare. The money Quinn has “wasted” must, he said, have had a substantial impact on Plumbline’s business and profits.

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