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Former ITV Accountant who stole thousands from employer has been jailed
Darren Smith, of Leeds, has today been jailed for three and a half years for his part in defrauding ITV, the company he used to work for.
The former accountant was accused of defrauding ITV by providing false invoices. Steve Marsden, who conspired with Smith has been sentenced to 2 years in jail.
The pair were found guilty of providing 29 false invoices that came to a total of £141, 960. They set up a fake company to claim the pay for fictitious work.
The Judge at Leeds Crown Court today, said Smith stole a serious amount of money through a serious breach of the company's trust.
"You set out on a repeated act of criminality, which you carried out over a protracted period of time, recruiting Marsden, sending false invoices and setting up a fictitious company"
– James Spencer QC
The court heard that Darren Smith, who has two children aged 7 and 9 years old, had racked up a debt totalling £846,000. The court also heard that Mr Smith has told his children he is going away to train as a teacher and that he will make it up to them when he gets out.
A former accountant based in Leeds has admitted plotting to defraud ITV of over £140,000. Darren Smith was paid £142,000 by ITV for work that hadn't been carried out. He admitted two counts of conspiracy to defraud - and one charge of acquiring criminal property.
The judge at Leeds Crown Court told him to expect a 'substantial' prison sentence.