Family jailed for £2.8m theft from Whiston company

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A married couple and their adult daughter have been jailed after stealing £2.8m from a Whiston company.

Shelagh Smith, 67, worked for Glen Dimplex Home Appliances as a purchase ledger supervisor and was responsible for paying the firm’s invoices.

Shelagh Smith had worked for the company for more than 30 years, holding a position of trust and having responsibility for large sums of money

Det Insp Simon Vaughan

However, she instead helped herself to the company’s account, raiding it of a staggering £2.8m during a five-year spree which only ended in 2010.

Smith, of Anglesey, was jailed on Friday for 40 months after admitting a charge of false accounting.

Her husband Roy Smith, 69, of the same address, was jailed for 27 months, and their daughter Karen Lewis, 47, also of the same address, was jailed for 21 months for using criminal property following guilty pleas, after it was shown that they had knowingly benefitted from the thefts in the purchase of properties in both St Helens and Anglesey as well as other large purchases such as vehicles.

Running alongside the criminal investigation was a civil action brought by GDHA in the High Court in London.

Following those proceedings all three parties were stripped of the properties they had purchased and the money returned to those it was stolen from.

Det Insp Simon Vaughan of Merseyside Police’s Major Crime Unit said: “Shelagh Smith had worked for the company for more than 30 years, holding a position of trust and having responsibility for large sums of money.

“She was highly regarded by her peers and supervisors and selfishly abused this trust and her position in order to enrich herself and her family at the company’s expense.

“Today Shelagh Smith and those who helped her to spend the stolen money have now been punished by the courts.”