An individual of Indian origin hailing from Surrey in the south-eastern region of England has been found guilty and convicted after he pleaded guilty to a single count of fraud involving the misuse of his position. This act resulted in a substantial theft of over GBP 50,000 from the company he was employed.
Sunny Bhayani, aged 62, received his sentencing in the previous week at Aylesbury Crown Court. The court ordered him to serve a two-year prison term following an investigation led by the Thames Valley Police.
In addition to the custodial sentence, Bhayani was directed to settle GBP 565 in expenses, and he is required to repay the sum of GBP 51,794.27 at a monthly rate of GBP 1,075.
Detective Constable Gemma Thompson, the Investigating Officer from Thames Valley Police, commented, “This has been an extraordinarily long and complex investigation that has taken over five years and involved a large number of officers.”
“Bhayani held a position of trust which he took advantage of, and he neglected the financial interests of the company. I’m extremely pleased with this result and that he is required to repay all of the money he stole from his employer,” she added.
The court proceedings disclosed that the fraudulent activity transpired between January 2017 and January 2018. During this period, Bhayani, who was employed in the Customer Services department of Dreams Limited in High Wycombe, was found culpable of perpetrating fraudulent reimbursements to customers. However, instead of refunding the money to the legitimate recipients, he rerouted the funds to his personal cards, which he had control over.
In adherence to the conditions of his suspended sentence, designed to forestall an immediate custodial term, Bhayani is required to wear an electronic monitoring device for six months, which enforces a curfew. Furthermore, he is mandated to partake in a rehabilitation program and undertake 250 hours of unpaid community work within a year, as directed by the police.