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Salesman caught out driving off with £7,000

PUBLISHED: 16:11 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:49 12 August 2010

A SALES assistant has been handed a suspended sentence for pocketing nearly £7,000 of his company s money. Stuart Groves, 45, of Glanfield Road, Beckenham stole £6,944 from the Renault dealership he worked at when faced with personal cash problems, Croyd

A SALES assistant has been handed a suspended sentence for pocketing nearly £7,000 of his company's money.

Stuart Groves, 45, of Glanfield Road, Beckenham stole £6,944 from the Renault dealership he worked at when faced with personal cash problems, Croydon Crown Court heard last Friday.

He pleaded guilty to four charges of fraud and asked for four other offences to be taken into consideration. He was sentenced to eight months suspended for two years and 80 hours unpaid work.

Prosecuting, Julius Capon said Groves worked for the car dealership in Beckenham from January to July. His job was to accept deposits from customers on cars they wanted to buy.

Mr Capon said: "But he was taking the money for his own gain. He said he got into financial difficulties and was using it to pay his bills."

Jennifer Scott, defending, said: "He wants to do all he can to pay back what he took."

Judge Tim Stow QC told Groves: "You were there to protect the interests of Renault, but what you were really doing was to pocket money given by customers."

The judge ordered him to pay back the £6,944 at £200 a month.

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