Thieving auditor jailed for Savoy Hotel theft

PUBLISHED: 06:00 16 October 2013

The Savoy Hotel entrance in The Strand, London

The Savoy Hotel entrance in The Strand, London

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A serial fraudster from Welwyn Garden City who stole more than £14,000 while working at the Savoy Hotel has been jailed for 16 months.

Auditor Susan Scofield, 41, siphoned off cash intended to pay suppliers after being hired by the five-star hotel.

Scofield, of Cowper Road, pocketed a total of £14,268.27 on seven separate occasions between May 2 last year and January 23 this year, Southwark Crown Court heard.

She admitted fraud by abuse of position.

Kenyan-born Scofield was eventually snared after a supplier called the hotel to complain about not being paid.

She had previously been jailed for eight months in 2008 for 15 counts of fraud.

She also has a previous conviction for submitting a false statement to obtain a passport in 1999.

Scofield claimed she “succumbed to temptation” after her ex-husband withdrew financial support, leaving her in debt and struggling to support her two daughters and her 70-year-old mother.

But Judge Anthony Pitts told her: “You are obviously an intelligent, hard-working and bright woman but you are also thoroughly dishonest.

“When the going gets tough, you are a serial abuser of your position.”

Scofield sobbed and shook her head throughout the hearing.

Neil Baki, defending, told the court: “She is not an inherently dishonest person. It was because she wanted to pay her debts and keep her family together.”


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