Man who defrauded cleaning company out of £83,000 ordered to pay money back to victims

Peterborough Crown Court.
Peterborough Crown Court.
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A man who defrauded a cleaning company out of £83,000 has been ordered to pay the money back to his victims or face more time in jail.

Demetris Fowles (49) of Station Street, Chatteris, had previously been jailed for 28 months for diverting £83,000 from Cambridgeshire Contract Cleaning Company into his personal account.

He had been found guilty of fraud by abuse of position and false accounting. He had been working as a Financial Controller for the firm.

He appeared at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday (May 20) where a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) confiscation order for £82,993 was made against him. He has three months to pay or faces a further 12 months behind bars.

Detective Inspector Chris Day of the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) Regional Economic Crime Unit said: “The outcome in this matter once more demonstrates that victims are at the forefront of our minds and at every opportunity we will use the POCA legislation to ensure that those who seek to benefit from crime are made to repay the very thing that motivated them to engage in those unlawful activities in the first place.

“This case once more sends out a very strong message that crime does not pay.”