Company boss jailed for seven years for scamming £2.6m from his own father’s firm

PUBLISHED: 14:46 17 December 2014 | UPDATED: 14:46 17 December 2014

Robert Austin

Robert Austin

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A former company director has been jailed for seven years for systematically defrauding a Northaw-based timber company belonging to his father of £2.6 million.

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Robert Austin, 55, was convicted after a four-week trial of seven counts of theft and false accounting.

He was sentenced to seven years in prison at Brighton Crown Court.

As a result of his actions, the 70- year-old firm went into liquidation and employees and directors lost their jobs.

Austin, of Woodham Lane, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey, was a director of a company within

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the Mackintosh and Partners Group, a timber firm based in Brighton and in Coopers Lane, Northaw, of which his father was the owner.

Detective Constable Dan Clark of the Sussex Police Major Fraud Unit said: “Austin stole £2.6 million from the group of companies between 2002 and 2008.”

The firm went into liquidation as a direct result of the losses.

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