Uni worker admits using business credit card to commit £7,000 fraud

A University of Stirling employee used an unauthorized corporate credit card to fraudulently obtain goods and services worth over £7,000.

The fraud charge, to which Alex Lee, 43, had pleaded guilty, said she committed the fraud between August 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020 by pretending to various companies, businesses and retailers that she was the authorized cardholder of the credit card, inducing them to supply her with goods and services worth £7,500.

The locations of the frauds were listed as Allanwater’s Cafe, Allan’s Bridge and the train journeys between his Barrhead address and the University of Stirling.

Tax MP Robbie McDougall told Stirling Sheriff Court on Wednesday that an official at the University of Stirling had been told the defendant had made several unauthorized transactions on a business credit card over several months.

Following an initial investigation, a list of 132 transactions was compiled for a total of over £7,000.

After things came to light, Mr McDougall said, Lee had fallen ill from work and handed in her resignation.

The transactions were for items that were “clearly for Lee’s personal use,” the tax deputy added, including groceries, hotel reservations, alcohol and takeout.

Police found Lee at his Barrhead address in October last year, and the nature of the investigation was explained to him.

The woman was a former employee of the University of Stirling

She was arrested, but did not respond to the warning. When she was later questioned, the tax deputy said, “she fully admitted to having used the card fraudulently”.

Sheriff Francis Gill told Lee, who is representing herself, that she pleaded guilty to a charge involving a large sum of money and a deferred sentence until February 16 for a criminal justice social work report .

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