By Martin Naylor
Callam Hibbitt’s actions forced Pear Tree-based Roof and Trims Direct to close, causing all its staff to lose their jobs.
The Derby Crown Court heard how Callam Hibbitt abused his position as a worker at Roof and Trims Direct Ltd by stealing more than £37,000 from it.
In just over a year, the 32-year-old creates false invoices and pays them into his own account after falling out with one of the roofing company’s directors.
“You were involved in a roofing company run by somebody with whom you were in a relationship,” Judge Shaun Smith KC said, handing him a two-year jail sentence. The victim in this case relied on you to a certain extent while that relationship was ongoing, so things started out well.
“It seems that the business operated on very low margins, but that is not an excuse for what you did. Your assistance allowed the business to function.”.
In the latter part, you started taking money from the business, something between £37,000 and £38,000. You and the victim had a falling out, and I won’t try to figure out who threatened who, but it clearly got very, very messy when it all came to an end.
The prosecutor, Joey Kwong, said Hibbitt had worked for Roof and Trims Direct Ltd, which operates out of Shaftesbury Street, Pear Tree, Derby. According to him, he began a relationship with one of the directors, but “there were some unsavoury videos that caused a fallout,” which led to his termination.
As a result of an invoice for £1,400 being submitted to Hibbitt (his) own bank account, an investigation uncovered that he had produced (other) false invoices under the names Lockshop Direct and SKS Ltd (with) a total fraud of more than £37,000.
According to the police, Mr Hibbitt stated that all of the money was legitimate expenses, and that he had purchased items for the company from his own bank account.
According to a victim impact statement, they “helped and supported the defendant, and they have been repaid in the most horrible way”.
His previous convictions include burglary and theft, and he has pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud. Moreover, he admitted the frauds breached a suspended sentence order he received in 2017 for dangerous driving and other motoring offences.
The defendant’s girlfriend is expecting to give birth in August, and Scothern, mitigating, said his client has two more children, an adopted child, and two other children. The victim and Hibbitt were romantically involved, and threats were made to expose their relationship. He is now a delivery driver for a firm that delivers milk to milk suppliers.”
Judge Smith ordered Hibbitt to attend 20 probation counseling sessions as part of the suspended sentence order.
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