Tyrone man avoids jail after admitting £50k fraud while manager of Acheson and Glover concrete plant
A former manager at one of Northern Ireland's largest concrete manufacturing companies has been handed a suspended sentence after he admitted defrauding his employer of £50,000.
Paul O'Neill (41) from Annaghmore Road in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, pleaded guilty to seven charges of theft and guilty to six charges of forgery.
His 15-month sentence was suspended for three years.
He committed the offences over a 10-month period starting in November 2010 when he was the operations manager of the Acheson and Glover concrete plant in Magherafelt.
Sentencing O'Neill at the Crown Court in Londonderry, Judge Philip Babington said the premeditated offences were detected following an internal company audit.
O'Neill, who worked for Acheson and Glover for 10 years before his dismissal, forged documents and sold company concrete products directly to customers before lodging the money in his personal bank account.
O'Neill has repaid the £50,000 to his former employer.