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Man Jailed For Selling Work Stock On eBay
A cheeky supervisor at an internet clothing company, sold their designer clothes and maternity dress from his own eBay site.
Not only did Mindaugas Stankevicies steal the clothes, he also used the company's packaging and mailing process to send them out to his customers.
Stankevicies, 23, pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court to theft, fraud, making a false instrument and possessing criminal property and was jailed for eight months on Friday.
Prosecutor Natalie Carter said he had been working for the internet company Isabella Oliver for about three years at their warehouse in Luton, Bedfordshire, and had been promoted to supervisor last year.
"The company noticed some of their stock being advertised on e-bay and a loss of stock, which led to an intensive investigation in August last year.
"The seller was using the name 'typhoon 232' and when they made a dummy purchase the seller's details came back as Stankevicies."
He had also drawn attention to himself when it was noticed that 'typhoon 232' had purchase some alloy wheels on eBay and the employee turned up at work with new alloy wheels on his car.
She said their stock records had been altered by the defendant to cover his tracks. The prosecution claim he sold 166 garments for almost £9,000, but that figure was disputed by him.
Mrs. Carter said there was also a loss to the company because he was using their packaging and postal services.
Stephen Garratt, defending said: "This was not particularly sophisticated and his offending did not cause suspicion to fall on anyone one else.
"He has new employment and wants to reimburse the company for their loss, but he risks losing the job if he is sent to prison."
Stankevicies, from Thornhill Gardens, Barking, Essex, was told by Judge Michael Kay QC: "It is inappropriate to suspend the sentence. This was a breach of trust simply for greed."
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