A builders merchant, who stole £40,000 from his employer to build a house in Tunisia, has been jailed for nine months.
William O’Brien was sentenced at Newport Crown Court, having pleaded guilty to stealing the money from Blaenavon Builders’ Merchants where he worked as a manager. He also pleaded guilty to nine other counts – of theft, false accounting and fraud.
O’Brien was given a job as manager of Blaenavon Builders’ Merchants by owner Paul Jones, who could not understand how the company was apparently making a lot of sales, but making no money on them.
The theft came to light when Jones employed more staff to help O’Brien out, believing him to be struggling to cope.
The court heard how O’Brien had altered invoices to commit the theft and how he used most of the money to pay for building a house in Tunisia.
The company has now been closed