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Hornchurch fraudster jailed for stealing £2.9m to fund gambling addiction

Wiley stole £2,939,514 in just over three years

A man from Hornchurch has been imprisoned for stealing £2.9 million from his employer to support a gambling addiction. 

29-year-old, Ben Wiley, processed hundreds of payments into his bank account for fictional contractor work. 

He was sentenced to three years and eight months in jail on Monday at Southwark Crown Court. 

Wiley pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position and money laundering.

“Wiley was systematic in the way he committed fraud,” said Detective Inspector, Suzanne Ferris. 

“He stole increasing amounts of money to fuel his gambling addiction and live a lavish lifestyle well beyond his means.

“He showed no signs of stopping and, in all likelihood, he would have continued to defraud his employer, had it not been for the referral to the City of London Police, and the subsequent investigation by our Fraud Squad, which exposed his fraudulent activity.”

The Fraud Squad were first made away of his criminal activity through a referral from his employer, a mechanical and public health contractor. 

During a meeting to discuss the employers suspicions, Wiley admitted to stealing from them and was subsequently dismissed. 

He made 385 payments worth £2,939,514  into accounts he owned or controlled between June 2013 and October 2016. 

 

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