If the company decides to prosecute, what sort of punishment am I likely to receive?
Thanks for this Michael,
The way I did it was to claim for non-existant hotel stays and train journeys. Over 2 years, probably greater than 60 inidividual offences.
The reason for doing it was that the company had forced me to accept short-payments against legitimately earned bonus and commission payments, in the region of £20k. This was also against the backdrop of a corrupt environment where senior management pressurised me into acting on their behalf to secure non-existant purchase orders to fatten the order book, to name but one questionable business practice.
I had seen from other colleagues who raised a grievance for non-payment that they were either stone-walled, demoted or paid off with compromise agreements so I didn't think that was a viable option to claim back the money I believe I am owed. This gave way to a feeling of anger and resentment and provided the backdrop for my belief I was acting in an attempt to claw back what I felt I was rightly owed.
This is by no means an excuse, but an explanation.
Furthermore, each and every one of these expenses were signed off by my manager and the MD before being checked by a secretary and an accountant.
In terms of character, I'm a 47 year old businessman with no priors, a decorated high achiever within the company and married with a young family.
I saw a local criminal lawyer on Wednesday who advised I not attend the gross misconduct hearing for danger of incriminating myself. Instead I wrote a polite email to HR advising I would not attend and had no representations to make.
I am fully expecting the company will refer the matter to the police and hope I can negotiate a settlement without it going to court. I have not spent the money on holidays and so forth and can pay it all back and then some. I will ask the monies owing to be taken into consideration and maybe offer to sign a compromise agreement to keep my mouth shut in return for having the matter dropped, maintaining my anonymity and removing the GM charge from the record.
Of course, this is the hope I give myself, what the reality is I don't know as I have committed a serious crime at the end of the day.