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Guilty pleas for city fraud

A WOMAN from Pagham who stole nearly £117,000 from a business has pleaded guilty at court.


Lynn Boakes, 47 of Sea Lane, Pagham, was hired as a bookkeeper at a steel company in Birdham in April, 2013, and was responsible for the company’s payroll.


Towards the end of 2016, Boakes started taking regular sick days, despite posts on social media showing her shopping or being abroad on holiday.


Concerned, a director of the company searched payroll documents for the previous few years and discovered Boakes had been paying herself a higher wage than had been agreed. From October, 2014, to April, 2017, she had overpaid herself by a total of £13,462.


Further investigation discovered Boakes had used her inflated pay slips to purchase a car on finance.


She had also diverted £103,450.26-worth of her employer’s funds into her personal bank account that had been disguised by using a fake company name.


Boakes was immediately suspended from the company. Police were informed and on her seized work computer a reference for a job application for her husband was found. The reference falsely stated David Boakes, 54, of Sea Lane in Pagham, had worked for the steel company for two years and it had been signed by a fake employee, ‘Janet Young’ – Boakes’ actual middle and maiden names.


At Hove Crown Court on Monday, July 15, Lynn Boakes pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud: fraud by abuse of position, fraud by false representation and making an article for use in fraud.


David Boakes pleaded guilty to fraud by representation and not guilty to converting criminal property, which the courts decided would lie on file and no further action will be taken.


The pair will be sentenced at Hove Crown Court on August 22.

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