Richard Shepherd was spotted stuffing his pockets with money at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice – a place he worked as a finance assistant.
AlertSystems, providers of CCTV security systems across the UK, comment on the news about a 26-year-old man being sentenced after stealing tens of thousands of pounds from the charity he worked at.
An employee who stole around £20,000 from a Children’s Hospice in Rotherham has been sentenced to two years in prison after being caught on secret CCTV footage.
Richard Shepherd was spotted stuffing his pockets with money at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice – a place he worked as a finance assistant. Financial investigators discovered that his bank account had irregularly large sums paid into it in a seven month period between December 2012 and July 2013.
His colleagues saw the finance assistantant counting a large pile of money and subsequently reported Shepherd to senior management who then contacted the police. Shepherd was arrested in July 2013 for stealing from the charity who care for terminally ill children and pleaded guilty to theft at Sheffield Crown Court.
PC Angela Hardwick condemned Shepherd for his immoral and illegal actions. She said: "Shepherd’s actions are deplorable and I am pleased he has now admitted his guilt. To steal donated money from a charitable organisation, especially one that provides essential care and support for terminally ill children and their families, is despicable.”
He was jailed for a year and will spend a further 12 months on licence when released from prison. Bluebell Wood’s secret cameras exposed a damaging case of employee theft which was costly for the Children’s Hospice who have to raise 95 per cent of their funding themselves.
A spokesperson for AlertSystems, who provide CCTV security systems to business around the UK, responded to this news. They said: “Theft is a big problem for all kinds of businesses, but this is particularly disappointing in the case of a Bluebell Wood employee stealing from the charity.
“Thankfully, covert cameras exposed this crime to prevent even more money being stolen and this reflects our passionate desire to eliminate theft through the presence of our high-quality CCTV cameras which use the latest technology. These deter thieves and we hope this incident will prevent more in-house theft.
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