‘Greedy’ admin boss stole £90k from firm to fund foreign trips and plush furniture for Hartlepool home


A “GREEDY” admin boss who stole £90,000 from his firm to fund his love of foreign trips and nice furniture has been put behind bars.

David Proctor, from Hartlepool, sold stolen vehicle car parts and accessories on his personal e-bay and Amazon accounts, one of which was aptly named “holiday1234-2012”.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Proctor had stolen all of the parts from GBA Group, a Grimsby-based firm which employed him as an administration supervisor at its branch in North Tyneside.

He was collared by a worker from a theft protection firm who spotted the stolen parts being sold to unsuspecting buyers online.

Proctor, of Rosedale Avenue, Hartlepool, was arrested at his desk and confessed to stealing £89,413 worth of parts between April 2010 and November 2013.

He told police he had been stealing to “fund his lifestyle”.

The 48-year-old, who has never been in trouble before, pleaded guilty to theft and accepted making a personal profit of £64,069 in the scam.

Mr Recorder Singh sentenced him to eight months behind bars and refused the defence team request to suspend the prison term.

The judge said he accepted Proctor was now sorry but added: “Whatever way I look at this it was motivated by greed.

“We quite often come across cases where people are on benefits and don’t declare changes in circumstances to make ends meet, living at the bottom of society and they, over a period of years, accumulate sums such as this and they go to prison, leaving young children, and no-one thinks twice about the sentence in those cases.

“Here, we have a middle-aged man with a comfortable lifestyle, stealing for no good reason, stealing to fund holidays and purchases of furniture, not to pay essentials or pay the mortgage.”

Richard Herrmann, defending, said Proctor confessed immediately when he was confronted and has continued to co-operate with the authorities.

Mr Herrmann said Proctor felt a sense of relief at finally being caught after his offending “snowballed”.

Mr Herrmann added: “He has already, by his offending, lost everything.

“He has lot his job, he has lost his good name and reputation.

“He will be unable to secure employment in future as a result of this offending, or will certainly struggle greatly to do so.

“Through the proceeds of crime procedings he will losse any asset he does have to his name.

“He has brought great shame upon himself and his family.”