A former personal assistant at Jewson accused of falsely claiming £17,620 in expenses has had her case committed to crown court.
Victoria Shaw, 28, of Moorfield Grove, Bolton, faces eight charges of fraud between June and December last year.
Shaw was bailed by Blackpool magistrates to appear at Preston Crown Court on August 28.
A spokesman for Jewson told buildersmerchantsjournal.net: “Following an internal audit, we can confirm that Victoria Shaw was dismissed from her role as a PA within a regional office earlier this year as a result of an expenses fraud committed by her.
“The matter was passed to the police who conducted a detailed investigation with our full cooperation and support. Formal charges have subsequently been brought against Mrs Shaw on eight counts of fraud which will be heard in Preston Crown Court on 28th August 2008. Concurrently, through civil action, the Company has made a full recovery of its loss.
“Jewson is an organisation that is governed by very strong business controls and principles of conduct. This incident sends out a strong message that we will not tolerate any behaviour that does not meet these rigorous standards. We are unable to comment further at this time.”
This case is entirely unrelated to that of Tony Newman, Jewson’s former sales director who has been bailed pending further investigation into alleged fraud of £1m.