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Bookkeeper jailed for latest fraud.

Byline: CATHERINE TURNELL

A SWINDLING book-keeper was given a 12-month prison sentence yesterday after a court heard he fiddled almost pounds 15,000 from a Coventry firm.

Andrew Mark Brough, aged 35, who worked at Lloyds Industries, in Padstow Road, Tile Hill South, admitted six counts of forgery between June and October 2001, and asked for 27 other offences to be considered.

Stephen Cadwaladr, prosecuting, told Coventry Crown Court how Brough, of The Wirral, on Merseyside, would forge his boss's signature and write cheques to himself, starting just a month after he was given the job.

He added that Brough had a history of stealing from his employers. He was jailed in 1995 for false accounting and given a 12-month probation order for the same offence in July, 2000.

Robert Golinski, defending, said that in June 2001, Brough and his partner were "under pressure from those seeking to recover debts" from county court judgements as a result of previous thefts, and had moved from Rugby back to The Wirral.

The court was told that Brough was on licence for his last offence when he started stealing from Lloyds Industries.

Judge James Pyke, describing Brough as an "inveterate swindler", ordered him to serve half of his 12-month sentence.

"Offences of this nature and in this quantity, against your background as an embezzler, makes the offences so serious that only a custodial sentence could be justified," the judge said.
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