Jail for thief who stole £1million from his employer - but he only has to pay back £150,000

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A man who stole over £1.3 million from his employer has been ordered to pay back nearly £150,000 of the cash, after a successful confiscation order was obtained by the Economic Crime Unit.

Lee Stephen Young, aged 34, from Petronel Road, Aylesbury, was found guilty of one count of theft by an employee at Aylesbury Crown Court on 11 March and sentenced to four and a half years imprisonment.

Young was employed as a project manager for Azzurri Communications, an IT company based in High Wycombe. In his position, he was responsible for assessing the computer requirements of Azzurri clients and ordering sufficient stock to meet the client needs. While in this position of trust, he over-ordered stock and sold the excess on to a third party for profit.

This carried on over a number of years until a supervisor discovered company stock being sent to an address not known to be a client site.

These unauthorised transfers were found to be hundreds of thousands of pounds, and it was reported to police in High Wycombe in October 2013. At the same time, it was realised that Young was selling his house; this was swiftly restrained by members of the Economic Crime Unit, meaning he could not sell it.

A full financial investigation was completed by the ECU, which showed that Young had benefitted to a total of £1,361,721.52, his available assets were £146,612. A confiscation order was heard at Aylesbury Crown Court on Thursday 15 May, where the judge ordered that Young repay £146,612 within six months, which will go towards compensation for the losses.

If the money is not repaid within the six months, Young will serve a further two years imprisonment on top of his original sentence and still have to pay back the cash.Financial Investigator Chris Yoxall, from the ECU, said: “I am pleased that we were able to block the sale of Young’s house, which meant that at least some of the cash was paid back to the victim of this calculated crime.

“Thames Valley Police is dedicated to ensuring criminals do not benefit from the proceeds of their crime and always seek to use the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) to obtain orders such as this. I hope this sends out the message that crime doesn’t pay.”