Man sentenced for fraud – Aylesbury

I found this on the Thames Valley police website.

It demonstrates the importance of background checks on potential employees, and also that there is a remedy for dishonesty at job interviews.

A man has been sentenced to three months’ imprisonment and fined after being convicted of fraud in Aylesbury.

Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, Jonathan Croxton, aged 26, of Churchill Avenue, Aylesbury, was sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court on Tuesday (30/8) after pleading guilty to one count of fraud by false representation.  

Croxton was arrested on 12 May and charged on 5 July this year.

The offences took place on 6 November 2015 in Aylesbury and were against a company.

Croxton was interviewed for a job at a store and was asked if he had any previous convictions that were unspent under the Rehabilitation of offenders Act 1974 and he replied ‘no’. This was a dishonest and false representation for him to make as he knew he had previously been convicted of theft of cash from a former employer, which was unspent.

Croxton was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years and ordered to pay a £250 fine.

Investigating officer, Det Sgt Richard Bazeley of Local CID based at Amersham police station, said: “This is a clear offence of dishonesty and although on first glance it may appear victimless, it has resulted in another candidate not gaining employment. Croxton intended to gain employment and ultimately wages for a job he knew he would not get if he owned up to have previously stolen from an employer Thames Valley Police will deal with all offences of this nature robustly.”

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