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Sacked worker Dene Tregidgo from Falmouth fraudulently bought tools worth £450

By West Briton  |  Posted: March 04, 2014

A SACKED car dealership worker fraudulently used his former employer's account to buy hundreds of pounds' worth of tools to sell on.

At Truro Magistrates' Court, Dene Tregidgo, 22, of Esperanza Court, Falmouth, pleaded guilty to fraud by making a false representation with a trade account to obtain tools worth £452.99 on October 18 at Truro.

Alison May, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Tregidgo had been sacked from his job at Scorrier Vehicle Sales and then obtained the tools by putting them on the company's trade account. He had a number of previous convictions.

Dieter Kehler, his solicitor, said he had poor thinking skills. He had felt his previous company treated him unfairly but did not know about employment tribunals and thought the way out was to obtain items on its account to make up for what he believed was owed. District Judge David Parsons told Tregidgo he had been in court many times for offences of dishonesty and on each occasion dealt with by community penalties which had obviously failed.

His record and his breach of trust counted against him.

Tregidgo was given a ten-week prison sentence suspended for a year, a 12-month supervision order, with a requirement for a thinking skills programme, and told to pay compensation of £200.

Tregidgo is due to be sentenced at Truro Crown Court next month after pleading guilty last week at Truro Magistrates' Court to the burglary at Boslowick Post Office in the early hours of Tuesday.

As reported, he was found after taking the £20,000 cash from the safe by Falmouth police under a new regime of patrols of commercial premises in the area.

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