Purchaser jailed for college credit card spending spree

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
18 September 2013

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A purchasing officer has been jailed for 12 months after going on a £21,000 spending spree using a college credit card.


Shaheda Lorgat, 42, of Mossdale, Blackburn, previously pleaded guilty to 19 counts of fraud by abuse of position, which took place while she was working at Blackburn College.


Preston Crown Court was told that between 17 July 2008 and 17 January 2012 Lorgat used the credit card for a trip to Alton Towers, holidays, paying for personal legal bills, renovations and repairs on her bathroom, prescription sunglasses and food shopping.


The fraud came to light in February last year when a member of staff noticed discrepancies on the credit card and an internal investigation was triggered.


Speaking after sentencing, PC Anita Whittle from Blackburn Police said: “I am pleased with today’s sentence, especially given the amount of money that Shaheda Lorgat spent on Blackburn College’s credit card, which was there to be used for things that benefit the college and its students.


“I hope that today’s sentence shows that fraud of any kind will not be tolerated, and those who think that it’s acceptable to commit this type of crime will be brought before the courts.”


Lorgat was given a 12-month sentence for each of the 19 offences, which will run concurrently.


Rachel Curry, director of resources at Blackburn College, said: “The college is satisfied with the outcome of the legal proceedings against a former colleague who was dismissed from our employment over 18 months ago, following an investigation initially triggered by minor financial discrepancies.”

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