‘Trusted’ finance manager who stole thousands from Eye company to be stripped of assets

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A trusted finance manager who stole £141,000 from a family-owned company at Eye has even less money left than was originally thought, a court has heard.

Stephen Endreson, 48, was arrested on the Isle of Wight after fleeing from his job, home and family and changing his name.

The former maths supply teacher had been recruited to Wrightfield Ltd who manufacture machinery for use in the food industry and was trusted with codes for online bank accounts.

Between January and March last year Endreson stole more than £141,000 in 28 transactions.

In November he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court and was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to theft from an employer.

At that hearing Endreson, of Bayfield Avenue, Dereham, was ordered byJudge John Devaux to hand over all his remaining assets which amounted to £7,022. He had stolen £141,700.

Today (Friday) lawyers acting for Endreson told the court that it had emerged that everything he owned was now valued at £6,602, which Judge Devaux ordered should instead be confiscated.

When he was sentenced in November, the court heard that Endreson had been tracked to the Isle of Wight via Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and London through use of his cashcard and mobile phone.

Endreson had taken the money and fled after his gambling addiction “spiralled out of control”, said his barrister Jonathan Goodman.