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Technician stole £35k of electrical goods

Ross Gibson took advantage of his employer’s warranty scheme to send wares to himself and friends.

Glasgow Sheriff Court: Sentencing has been deferred.

A computer technician stole £35,000 of electrical equipment from his employers over a 16-month period, a court has heard.

Ross Gibson, 28, was employed at Dell’s Alexandra Parade premises, from where he sent goods to himself and friends claiming that they were for customers.

The fraudster attempted to cover his tracks by creating fake names in the Dell database and completing paperwork stating that the items had been sent out to replace faulty goods which were under warranty. He was only caught out after a security manager became suspicious and an internal investigation was launched.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Gibson, of Polnoon Avenue, Knightswood, Glasgow, admitted defrauding the goods between June 2007 and September 2008.

Prosecutor Andrew Beadsworth told the court that the firm carried out an investigation into their computer system.

Mr Beadsworth said: "An internal investigation was carried out and it suggested that the accused had created false company customers on the Dell database.

"He then, in the guise of replacing defective equipment under warranty, approved delivery of high value computers, laptops, and TVs to these fictitious customers.

"No such goods had ever been ordered in the first place from Dell and no payment had ever been made to cover the cost of the goods either."

The matter was then reported to the police who raided Gibson's home and found 26 Dell items including a TV, computer monitor, and digital camera. Gibson was then arrested and later told police that he had taken advantage of the firm's warranty system.

He directed officers to other addresses at Kirkton Avenue, Glasgow, and Anniesland Crescent, Glasgow, where they recovered other Dell goods. Friends of the technical assistant were also arrested but no proceedings were taken against them.

Mr Beadsworth told the court that all of the goods were recovered and returned to Dell.

Defence lawyer Euan Cameron told the court that his client was "genuinely remorseful" about the offence.

Mr Cameron added: "He does not try to minimise his conduct and he appreciates the full extent of the gravity of this offence."

Sheriff Martin Jones deferred sentence until later this month.

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