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Chigwell financial director jailed for three-year £80K fraud

Chigwell financial director jailed for three-year £80K fraud

A man has been jailed for defrauding his former employers around £80,000 over a three-year period.

Henry Sathiya-Balan, 34, of Lechmere Avenue, Chigwell was jailed on Thursday, September 5, at Wood Green Crown Court after being found guilty of two counts of fraud.

He was also found guilty of possession of criminal property and a confiscation timetable has been set for the recovery of his assets.

He had been convicted at the same court on Thursday, August 1.

Sathiya-Balan had been employed at an architects firm in Southwark where he exploited his position as financial director of the business over three-years from April 2014.

The court heard that he would use company credit cards in order to purchase hotel rooms and fund his own personal holidays.

Sathiya-Balan used a private and exclusive chauffer agency through which a lot of high value payments were made, including the hotel rooms, taxi bookings and even helicopters.

He had managed to keep siphoning money from the business before company officials had noticed irregularities, raising suspicion against Sathiya-Balan’s conduct within the business.

A meeting was requested by the company’s director but on the day of the meeting, Sathiya-Balan called in sick and subsequently did not return to the job.

This led to the police being informed of the financial irregularities resulting in his officers arrest on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, before being released under investigation.

Detective Constable Samuel Cafferty of the South Area Command said: “Sathiya-Balan has caused significant financial loss and distress to those whom he worked with.

“While an exact figure of how much money Sathiya-Balan took has yet to be confirmed, it is estimated he stole in the region of £80,000 for his own personal gain.

“He had absolutely no thought for those around him, abusing the trust of his employers and continued taking money for three years while he worked; enjoying expensive trips, lavish accessories and a wealthy, selfish way of life.

“He is undoubtedly deserving of the punishment that the judge has provided.”

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