Salesman stole £121,000 of office supplies – and sold them on the internet

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A SALESMAN who stole more than £121,000-worth of office supplies from his bosses and sold them on the internet has been jailed.

Anthony Palmer set up a fake account with The Donald Murray Paper Group at the Boldon Business Park, where he worked as a sales rep, and put down the delivery destination as his home address.

During a 12-month period, the 31-year-old sold £121,177 worth of ink cartridges, stationary and paper belonging to the company to unsuspecting on-line buyers.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, Judge Roger Thorn QC jailed him for 16 months.

The judge told him: “You know I have to send you to prison today. All those people who are tempted, especially in difficult circumstances we are in financially for the last seven years, should know that if they steal from their employers in a position of trust, they face an immediate custodial sentence.”

The judge said this was a “tragic case of a hard-working chap who led an impeccable life after a very difficult start”.

The court heard Palmer fell under suspicion when his bosses noticed a large number of orders being placed by one company, which turned out to be one he had set up himself.

Vic Laffey, defending, said Palmer has never been in trouble before.

Palmer, of Shaftoe Terrace, Stanley, admitted theft.