A man who worked for British Gas, has been sent to jail after using a customer’s bank details to pay for his own utility bills.
Chisenga Mafuta was jailed for 24 weeks after pleading guilty to two charges of fraud in which he took Tristan Kirby’s bank details over the phone, whilst at work, and used them to pay for his own gas and electricity, worth about £500. Mr Mafuta also tried unsuccessfully to use Mr Kirby’s details at a coffee shop and shoe shop.
British Gas is looking into how such blatant fraud could occur in its workplace but was there anything that the company could so in such a case? Surely they have to put their trust in the workers they employ to do the right thing. As the chairman of the bench said in sentencing Mafuta, financial transactions depend on the trust vested in trading companies and its employees. What more could British Gas have done to ensure that he could not commit his crime?