Jewson have involved the police and sacked one of their senior directors after an internal investigation revealed £1m worth of irregularities on the company’s books.
Tony Newman, director of sales at the national merchant chain was arrested last month after the alleged fraud was uncovered by an internal audit. He, and another un-named member of staff, have been dismissed.
Jewson parent company Saint Gobain said last night in a statement to the national press: “We can confirm that following an investigation by our internal audit department Tony Newman was dismissed from his role as sales director. In addition, one other person, who had been employed by Jewson for less than two weeks, has been dismissed as a result of our internal investigation.
“This matter, which relates to the fraudulent supply and procurement of marketing services, has now been passed to the police who are conducting a detailed investigation with our full co-operation and support. We can categorically state that no customers are or have been in any way involved with this matter.”