EY employee conspires in £76k staff fraud

An Ernst & Young executive assistant and her husband have been given prison sentences for a £76,000  fraud carried out by the couple over four years, using credit card and personal details stolen from a large number of EY employees

Inner London Crown Court heard that Sukhbir Mawkin intercepted mail and removed cards and driving licenses from colleagues’ wallets and photographed them while working at the Big Four firm. She and her husband, Anil Mawkin, then used the stolen details to buy items including mobile phones and clothing.

A total of £76,000 of goods were bought in this way between May 2015 and April 2019. The items were delivered to unsuspecting work-at-home secretaries, whom the Mawkins had contacted and made arrangements with under false pretences.

Mr and Mrs Mawkin were both arrested and charged with fraud by false representation in October 2017. After this, Anil Mawkin began making a series of fraudulent applications to credit providers in the names of other EY employees, in order try and make it appear that fraud was being carried out by people other than him and his wife. He was subsequently arrested again and charged with fraud.

Both defendants, who live in Cheam, Surrey, pleaded guilty to all offences at their trial. Anil Mawkin was sentenced to three years and four months in custody while Sukhbir Mawkin received a two-year suspended sentence and 300 hours of unpaid work.

The fraud was spotted through intelligence work by officers from the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU), a specialist police unit funded by the banking and cards industry, who then worked closely with EY to bring the perpetrators to justice. All victims were fully refunded.

Detective Constable Dave Hughes, who investigated the case for the DCPCU, said: ‘This husband and wife wrongfully thought they could get away with funding their lifestyle by committing over £76,000 of fraud.

Sukhbir Mawkin abused her position to steal personal details from colleagues, which were then used to go on a shopping spree.

Fortunately, we were able to use advanced intelligence methods to detect these fraudsters, working closely with EY to bring them to justice.

This sentencing is a warning to those who believe they can benefit financially from fraud that they will be caught and punished.’

In a statement EY said: 'We can confirm that a former employee of EY has been sentenced, having pleaded guilty to a number of criminal offences including fraud by false representation. EY fully cooperated with the authorities throughout their investigation.'

By Pat Sweet

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