A CONSULTANT who stole £3,700 in cash from a company that hired him to improve performance has escaped a jail sentence.
Bourne man Ian Sismey was brought in to assist Skegness-based firm Coastfields Leisure but came under suspicion after cash which was supposed to be paid into the company bank account went missing.
On Friday, prosecutor Jim Clare told Skegness magistrates that £3,700 was missing from a bag collected for banking by the security firm G4S.
Subsequent checks showed the money had never been put in the cash bag.
Sismey, who was working as a consultant reviewing systems and staying temporarily in a caravan on site, initially claimed he could not remember preparing the banking on the date the money went missing.
Mr Clare said: “He was arrested on site.
“A search revealed a large amount of debt collection agency letters adding up to tens of thousands of pounds of debt and was facing repossession of his marital home.”
Sismey then confessed to police that he stole the money.
Sismey (52), of Foxley Court, admitted theft on November 28, 2011.
He was given a community order with 150 hours of unpaid work.
Magistrates ordered him to pay £3,707 compensation and £85 prosecution costs.
David Lee, defending, said Sismey had never been in trouble before and is now remorseful.
“He has lost his good character due to his actions on that day.
“He has got to live with that for the rest of his life.
“It was not planned. The cash was there. He took it.
“He was up to his eyes in debt.
“The money was not spent on a lavish lifestyle. £1,500 went on paying his son’s university fees and £1,000 went to pay Council Tax arrears on a house where he does not live.
“All he can do is apologise for his actions.”