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Sales exec denies diverting revenue to benefit his wife.

A MEDIA company sales executive denied he had shifted advertising revenue for the benefit of his wife who worked for the same company, an employment tribunal heard.

Matthew Wall claims unfair and wrongful dismissal against Media Wales. He was sacked after allegedly offering free adverts to clients in return for "helping him out".

Mr Wall told the Cardiff tribunal that processing a free advert was common practice and he did not need explicit authorisation from a senior member of management. He also claimed to pass on potential advertising partners to colleagues who had a better understanding of certain areas of the business.

Explaining why he chose to pass a client from one publication to another, Mr Wall said: "I have to assure the customer I'm doing everything that I can for them. If I know something is going wrong I put a plan in place to cover that."

He also said that he was under the impression that the advertising campaign was running for 12 months instead of 10, which he said explained the extra invoices.

Mr Wall was sacked after a disciplinary hearing concluded that he had undercharged clients and used the remaining revenue to book free adverts using a sales code belonging to his wife Emma - also a Media Wales employee at the time.

Solicitor Daniel Northall said: "You were re-allocating revenue and pumping it into your wife's source code." Mr Wall said if his intention was to divert revenue to his wife, there would have been a lot more money being claimed by her.

Media Wales publications include the Western Mail, South Wales Echo and WalesOnline.co.uk
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Article Type:Financial report
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 5, 2014
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