Morrisons worker defrauded supermarket out of £42,000 by loading points on loyalty card

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Nathan King then cashed them in for vouchers that he blew on TVs and games consoles at the self-service tills, thinking he would not get rumbled as he was avoiding contact with cashiers.

The 29-year-old avoided jail as he was handed a 16-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, at Bradford Crown Court after pleading guilty to fraud by abuse of position.

He was able to set up the fake accounts due to his position at the supermarket giant’s headquarters.

The court heard customers at Morrisons accrued 5,000 points for every £1,000 they spent and received a £5 voucher.

King’s scheme was uncovered by company officials in March and he admitted what he had done.

The police were alerted and he was reportedly honest with them about his involvement as well.

Officers then searched his home and seized TV sets, large fridge freezers and other electrical items.

King, from Bradford, West Yorks, admitted defrauding Morrisons out of £42,338.

He claimed he acted out of “greed and stupidity”.

Judge Jonathan Gibson also ordered King to complete 200 hours of unpaid work as well as 30 rehabilitation activity days with the probation service.

The court heard he had four previous convictions but nothing for fraud.

A Proceeds of Crime Act hearing, to arrange for some of the stolen money to be repaid, is expected to take place in the coming months.

Morrisons declined to comment.

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