A ROYAL Mail worker who stole more than £50,000 from his bosses in an overtime scam, has walked free from court.
Customer advisor Kevin Dunn claimed payments for hours he had not worked while employed at Doxford Park in Sunderland.
Over a five-year period between September 2008 and July last year, the 46-year-old, who was also employed as a steward at the Stadium of Light, pocketed £53,755 belonging to the Royal Mail, which he used to help cope with his mounting family debt.
Prosecutor Jamie Adams told Newcastle Crown Court: “Over a five-year period he has manipulated accounts in order to receive payments by way of overtime he had not actually performed.
“He admitted he had been receiving overtime payments, but for hours he had not worked and that he was responsible.” Dunn, of Geddes Road, Sunderland, who was a mail worker for 16 years, admitted theft at an earlier hearing.
He had agreed to sign over his pension to repay the money he stole.
Nicholas Lane, defending, said: “He is deeply ashamed, very remorseful.
“This was not a sum of money that was stolen to fund some lavish or otherwise unobtainable lifestyle.
“There was financial difficulties, loans, credit cards.
“On one occasion when he did legitimate overtime, he realised how simple the process was an in a moment of stupidity, in his own words, he started making the false claims.
“Once he made one, he simply could not stop.”
Mr Lane said Dunn has a modest home and car and was not someone who went out “drinking and partying”.
Judge Deborah Sherwin sentenced Dunn to 18 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with 200 hours unpaid work.
The judge told him: “For many years you have worked for the Royal Mail and you were a good employee to them, until you came to start committing this offence.
“I am satisfied this is genuinely out of your character.
“Given the fact you have not been in trouble in the past and you have your pension pot to repay the money you stole, I am satisfied your prison sentence can be properly suspended.”