Worker made bogus PPI claims to get bonuses

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A WORKER who tried to trick a company into giving him bonus payments has been fined after admitting fraud by false representation.

Promising employee Jamie Lee O’Shaughnessy was given the incentive of a bonus for each so-called ‘sale’ he made at a Preston based PPI claims firm.

The worker was destined to earn more than £700 to top up his wages – in less than a month – from putting in claims to the company for ‘documents’ he had e-mailed to a list of potential customers.

But the 25-year-old, of Queensway, Bamber Bridge, near Preston, was exposed as a fraud when bosses at Refund PPI Claim Ltd, based on Riversway at Preston Docks, discovered he had set up a string of fake email accounts.

Preston Magistrates’ Court heard O’Shaughnessy’s job was to call potential customers to get them to sign up to make claims for missold payment protection insurance.

If they agreed, documents were sent to them by email and he would receive a bonus payment for each ‘sale’.

Between August 1 and 29 last year, he sent documents to himself via the bogus accounts, in order to make it look like he was dealing with a genuine customer.

O’Shaughnessy, who has a fiancee and recently became a father, represented himself during the hearing, in which he pleaded guilty to one count of fraud.

The court heard the total loss to the company was £730.

However bosses recouped £550 of the cash by withholding payments due to him.

The magistrates’ bench ordered the former Runshaw College student to pay a £240 fine.

He must pay £180 compensation, a £24 victim surcharge and £85 costs.