Call centre worker spends £30,000 after being accidently paid £250,000

This article originally appeared on the Telegraph, April 18, 2014

A call centre worker spent thousands of pounds after being accidently paid nearly £250,000 by his bosses, a court has heard.

In a two-day spending spree, Imran Ahmed, 21, spent almost £30,000 on cars and gambling.

Mr Ahmed was expecting to be paid £353 by electronic retailers Dixons, but discovered the company had paid him £242,558.

In just under two days, Mr Ahmed spent £28,000.

He spent £14,000 on two cars, loaned £10,000 to a friend, and then spent the rest gambling at the bookies.

David Wain, prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court, said: “It is not through any fault of his own the money came into his account, but he then started to draw it for his own purposes.

“Once his employers became aware it caused some panic, but he co-operated and it led to the recovery of the vast proportion of the money.”

Mr Ahmed has pleaded guilty to theft. He originally told police that he believed the money appeared in his account from the proceeds of gambling, as he had often spent a “large amount” on gambling and thought that he might have “got lucky”.

Amy Earnshaw, defending, said: “It was an error on the part of the employer.”

Mr Ahmed worked at Dixons’ Know How call centre in Sheffield. After the incident, he was sacked by the company, and is now repaying the outstanding £28,000 at a rate of £10 a month.

Mr Ahmed was given a four-month jail term suspended for a year, and ordered to do 140 hours of unpaid community work

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