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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Tesco fraudster who splurged on holidays is jailed

Fiona Ferguson

A TESCO executive has been jailed for defrauding the company of more than €100,000 to cover the cost of holidays and a trip to the rugby World Cup.

Paul Slevin (47) inflated the cost of a work trip to South Africa then paid for holidays for himself, family and friends to locations including Portugal, Dubai and the rugby in France.

Slevin, of Woodberry, Carpenterstown Road, Castleknock, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to pretending travel expenses had been incurred to the value of €116,470 between June 2007 and March 2008.

The married father of three was employed at Tesco as a non-food director from March 2007, and his role involved managing relationships with various suppliers. As part of his job he organised promotional trips.

Detective Garda Martin Griffins told the court that Slevin organised a trip to South Africa for 190 people and had fraudulently inflated the price so it could be used to pay for personal travel.

He said that after Slevin left the company in May 2008, documentation was found with a breakdown of the price charged to Tesco for the trip as well as documentation relating to trips unrelated to Tesco.

The total cost of the trip, including Slevin's inflated items valued at €116,470, was €1,496,500.

Slevin met Det Gda Griffins by arrangement in July 2010 and said: "I stupidly engaged in this activity, for which I am heartily sorry."

Caroline Biggs, defending, said that at the time of the offence Slevin was working so hard that his family feared he would need medical attention.

Judge Martin Nolan noted Slevin had betrayed his position of "great responsibility and trust" at Tesco and imposed a four-year sentence but suspended the final two-and-a-half.

Irish Independent

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