Man jailed for defrauding employer for three years

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CHIGWELL (Essex): A man has been jailed for defrauding his former employers over a three year period. Henry Sathiya-Balan, 34 of Lechmere Avenue, Chigwell was jailed on Thursday, 5 September for three years at Wood Green Crown Court after being found guilty of two counts of fraud.

He was also found guilty of possession of criminal property and a confiscation timetable has been set for the recovery of his assets. He had been convicted at the same court on Thursday, 1 August. Sathiya-Balan had been employed at a firm of architects in Southwark and exploited his position as Financial Director of the business. The offences took place over a three-year period from April 2014.

The court heard that he would use company credit cards in order to purchase hotel rooms and fund his own personal holidays.

Sathiya-Balan used a private and exclusive chauffer agency through which a lot of high value payments were made, including the hotel rooms, but also to book taxis and even helicopters.

He had managed to keep siphoning money from the business for around three years before company officials had noticed irregularities, raising suspicion against Sathiya-Balan’s conduct within the business.

A meeting was requested by the company’s director with him and some accountants. On the day of the meeting though, Sathiya-Balan called in sick and subsequently did not return to the job.

This led to the police being informed of the financial irregularities; officers arrested Sathiya-Balan on Tuesday, 20 June 2017, and released him under investigation. Following a lengthy investigation Sathiya-Balan was subsequently charged.

Detective Constable Samuel Cafferty of the South Area Command said: “Sathiya-Balan has caused significant financial loss and distress to those whom he worked with”. While an exact figure of how much money Sathiya-Balan took has yet to be confirmed, it is estimated he stole in the region of £80,000 for his own personal gain.