Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 24°C

min temp: 14°C

Search

Kesgrave: Accountant sentenced over £24,000 fraud has paid back nearly £5,000 in compensation

07:00 04 July 2014

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

Archant

A partner at an accountancy firm with branches in Suffolk and Norfolk who admitted fraud involving £24,000 has repaid the outstanding balance from his offending, a court has heard.

Adam Clarke, who worked in the business recovery department of Larking Gowen, had debts of £30,000 and blamed financial pressures for his fall from grace, when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court for sentence earlier this year.

Clarke had altered details on a cheque that should have been paid to the Insolvency Service and paid it into his own bank account and also dishonestly paid VAT refunds from the Inland Revenue in relation to company liguidations into his account, the court was told.

Clarke, 31, of Masterson Grove, Kesgrave, near Ipswich, had pleaded guilty to seven offences of fraud between November 2010 and May 2013 .

He was sentenced to a 12-month prison term suspended for two years and ordered to do 240 hours’ unpaid work in the community.

At his sentencing hearing Craig Marchant, for Clarke, said financial difficulties had led to him making some “horrendous decisions” and throwing his hard work and career away. “His reputation is in tatters,” he added.

He said Clarke, who had earned up to £60,000 pa before his dismissal, was now working for a lettings agency and was earning £20,000 pa.

He said Clarke intended to make good the loss caused by his offending and had been in contact with Larking Gowen to make arrangements for that to happen.

Yesterday (Thurs) Clarke returned to court for a confiscation hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Prosecuting counsel Matthew Gowen said Clarke had repaid the outstanding balance of £4,641 compensation and he formally asked for the POCA proceedings to be withdrawn.

1 comment

  • What strikes me is: how could it happen in the first place, that a guy who was then only in his twenties and already on a salary of £60k per annum (easily three times as much as many professional people earn), could get himself into "financial difficulties" with debts of £30k?! What's the background?

    Report this comment

    blue&white

    Friday, July 4, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Norwich Crown Court

A former instructor for the Army Cadet Force has been jailed for sexually assaulting a teenage cadet on a training camp.

The new Aldi in Donald Mackintosh Way, Ipswich.

Ipswich’s third Aldi supermarket is to open its doors tomorrow at Pinewood on the southern edge of the town.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

Two young men terrified a teenage girl after donning balaclavas and arming themselves with a hammer and rounders bat when taking the law into their own hands.

The Very Revd Martin Thrower

A senior Suffolk clergyman has been suspended by the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich after being arrested by police on suspicion of voyeurism.

A photograph of a recovered Samurai Sword after an incident in Ipswich on August 30, 2016. Pic: Ali Livingstone / Suffolk Constabulary.

A man has been arrested and a samurai sword has been recovered after an incident in Ipswich this morning.

Ricky Mutton

Police were able to clear up 13 burglaries after an Ipswich man wrote a letter from prison saying he wanted to “wipe the slate clean”, a court has heard.

The Flatford terrapin - now named John!

When Ipswich teenager Curtis Jay went on the hunt for Pokemon Go characters in Flatford he accidentally stumbled upon a very different creature.

Suffolk and Norfolk police assistant chief constable Sarah Hamlin.

The assistant chief constable for Norfolk and Suffolk constabularies has announced her retirement in a series of Twitter posts which appear to criticise the police forces.

Stowmarket chicken shed fire (Photo: Denise Bates)

A chicken shed blaze in Stowmarket has been tackled by firefighters.

A team from Hadleigh firm Wincer Kievenaar Architects has raised more than £8,500 for Action Medical Research after riding from London to Paris.

A team from Hadleigh firm Wincer Kievenaar Architects has raised more than £8,500 for Action Medical Research after cycling from London to Paris.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24