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  • Letting agent jailed over £100,000 theft and fraud from employer

    first_imgA 37-year-old letting agent in Rugby “whose dishonesty knew no bounds” has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for stealing over £100,000 from her employer.Rachel Cefai’s fraud is all the more shocking because the theft took place while she was serving a suspended sentence for stealing from her previous employer.Cefai pleaded guilty in court last week to theft, two charges of fraud and breaching her suspended sentence.Warwick Crown Court heard how Cefai began working at Rugby sales and letting agency Dunsmore Estates in 2010 and rose swiftly through the ranks to a senior position.But in 2016 it came to light that she had been misusing the company credit card to the tune of nearly £3,000.It also later emerged that she had directed cash deposits paid by tenants to her own bank account totalling £105,592.Falsifying documentsCefai managed to get away with the cash deposit theft by falsifying documents to show that the tenants owed the money to the company.The court also heard that she stole furniture worth £900 from a pub that one of her colleagues had bought after gaining access to keys for the property.During the hearing her legal representative urged the judge to pass another suspended sentence and revealed that the former letting agent had sold her home to repay the money she had stolen.But Judge Peter Cooke pointed out that she had completed the unpaid work required under the terms of her previous suspended sentence during time claimed as paid leave from Dunmore Estates.“You were told when the suspended sentence was imposed that if there was further offending, immediate custody would follow – but you went straight back to work and carried on stealing,” local paper the Rugby Advertiser reports.Letting agent jailed Rachel Cefai rugby Warwickshire April 23, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Letting agent jailed over £100,000 theft and fraud from employer previous nextAgencies & PeopleLetting agent jailed over £100,000 theft and fraud from employerWoman who worked for Warwickshire sales and letting agent for over six years directed tenants funds to her own account.Nigel Lewis23rd April 201801,554 Viewslast_img read more

  • Hot flavour added to revamped Pretz

    first_imgSun Valley is relaunching its Pretz brand this month following an image revamp. The brand has also added a third flavour to the range and will be focusing on widening its distribution channels into the impulse, foodservice and convenience markets.The new flavour, Jalapeno Chilli, joins the existing Sour Cream & Onion and Worcester Sauce varieties, which are available in 30g packs.The packs have been redesigned to focus on the brands’ health message, to appeal to the core market of younger women and to reach the male indulgent category.Pretz is being positioned as a ’healthy indulgent’ snack, due to the fact they are baked not fried, and contain half the fat of a standard bag of crisps.”We wanted to show people that a healthy snack doesn’t have to be boring. Health continues to be a growing sector,” said Jonathan Barr, Sun Valley marketing manager.RRP: 45p[]last_img read more

  • The Real Good Food Company doubles profits

    first_imgThe Real Good Food Company has more than doubled its year-end profits to £5.7m in 2011, 148% up on the previous year.The Liverpool-based bakery, ingredients and sugar firm reported this morning (1 February) its EBITDA was lifted to £6.4m in the six-month period to 31 December – a 28% rise on the same period in 2010. Its shares also increased by 4.74% after the group’s statement was issued.Pieter Totté, executive chairman of the group, said: “While we are still only midway through the key Christmas trading period, I am pleased with the progress we have made so far, both in terms of our financial performance this year against last year, and the good progress being made with all the strategic initiatives for each of our businesses.”In the statement, the company said Renshaw bakery ingredients, which launched its own-branded products into the consumer market last year, had seen a positive reaction from customers and consumers. In addition. the company has been developing its new Whitworths retail sugar brand, due to land on shelves in the first quarter of next year, with its Garrett Ingredients brand utilising two new distributorships.The group’s plans to modernise its Haydens Bakery plant are still in progress, running around six months behind its initial schedule. In November, The Real Good Food Company said it had completed major reorganisation of shift patterns and would be introducing improved production cycles in Q1, 2012.last_img read more

  • News story: Christmas and New Year closures for courts and tribunals 2018

    first_imgAny hearings that do take place over the Christmas break will either take place in person, via video or telephone. Your hearing notice will confirm this if your hearing is taking place. See our full information on attending a hearing during the coronavirus pandemic. Friday 25 December 2020 Monday 28 December 2020 Friday 1 January 2021 Monday 4 January 2021 Offices in Scotland will be closed on: Crown Courts, magistrates’ courts, County and Family Courts, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Rolls Building, and tribunals will close over the Christmas period, although some emergency courts may operate over the holiday on these days. Please check before travelling. See Find a court or tribunal for details.The holiday dates for 2020 are: Thursday 24 December 2020 Friday 25 December 2020 Monday 28 December 2020 Friday 1 January 2021last_img read more

  • News story: Rory Stewart statement on number of Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    first_img More than 2000 people have now contracted Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is more important than ever that we grip this outbreak. The UK continues to be at the forefront of the response, but this needs to be a global effort with others stepping up their support. This outbreak is potentially devastating for the region. It could spread easily to neighbouring provinces and even to neighbouring countries. Last month I convened a meeting of experts and concluded as well as funding, we need more people on the ground to help coordinate efforts to contain this deadly disease. We need to act fast, and we need to act generously. Last week, Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin visited the DRC for the first time since the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces began last August.ENDS Email [email protected] The number of reported cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has exceeded 2,000, the country’s Ministry of Health confirmed today (Tuesday 4 June).The UK remains one of the largest donors to the outbreak and last week the Department for International Development announced new UK aid to help the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) carry out safe and dignified burials.International Development Secretary Rory Stewart said: Telephone 020 7023 0600 If you have an urgent media query, please email the DFID Media Team on [email protected] in the first instance and we will respond as soon as possible. General media queries (24 hours)last_img read more

  • Widespread Panic Releases Archival ‘Porch Songs: Tipitina’s 1992’ Recording

    first_imgToday, Widespread Panic has released the 39th edition of the band’s on-going Porch Songs archive. For this new edition of the two-track live series, Widespread Panic has released the group’s performance from Tipitina’s in New Orleans, LA on October 26th, 1992.Widespread Panic opens the show with “Driving Song” sandwich, before working through a massive “It Ain’t No Use” > “Dream Song” > “Weight Of The World”. The band brings the single-set show to a close by inviting up Blues Traveler’s Bobby Sheehan on bass, and Chan Kinchla on guitar, to help out with “Chilly Water”. “The Take Out” > “Porch Song” served as the show’s encore, a true gem in itself that’s a must listen.According to Widespread Panic, “It’s rare to come across many high-quality soundboard recordings from this era. And as you’ll be able to hear, the ‘NOLA 1992’ recording isn’t without its blemishes. Regardless, it’s a lot of fun to listen to, and you can tell the band is having a blast this particular night.”You can purchase the latest Porch Songs release, Widespread Panic’s show from New Orleans, LA, on October 26th, 1992, via Panic – “Driving Song” – 10/26/1992[Video: Widespread Panic]Last month, Widespread Panic announced that they will return to Atlanta, GA for a three-night New Year’s run, set to take place at The Fox Theatre on Saturday, December 29th; Sunday, December 30th; and Monday, December 31st. This will mark Widespread Panic’s second consecutive time ringing in the new year in Atlanta, following a similar New Year’s run at The Fox in 2017.Head to Widespread Panic’s website for upcoming tour dates and ticket information.Setlist: Widespread Panic | Tipitina’s | New Orleans, LA | 10/26/1992Set: Driving Song > Hatfield > Driving Song > Love Tractor, Worry, I’m Not Alone, It Ain’t No Use > Dream Song > Weight Of The World, Send Your Mind > Walkin’ (For Your Love), Diner, Space Wrangler > Chilly Water*Encore: The Take Out > Porch Song* with Bobby Sheehan on bass, Chan Kinchla on guitarlast_img read more

  • Maura Healey named 2017 chief marshal

    first_imgMaura Healey ’92, attorney general for the commonwealth of Massachusetts, has been elected by her Harvard and Radcliffe College classmates to serve as chief marshal at Harvard’s 366th Commencement ceremony on May 25.“I look forward to joining my classmates and fellow alumni at Commencement to celebrate the Class of 2017 and to recognize their achievements and readiness to make a difference in the world,” said Healey.The 25th reunion class has selected the chief marshal from among its ranks since 1899. In addition to leading the alumni procession to Tercentenary Theatre, the honoree also hosts a lunch for alumni, dignitaries, and special guests of the University.“Harvard Commencement is a celebration of the achievements of all the degree recipients during their time at Harvard and also an opportunity to welcome them as Harvard alumni,” said Harvard Alumni Association president Martin Grasso Jr. ’78. “It will be a high honor to have Attorney General Healey serve as our chief marshal, and will greatly contribute to the special and memorable nature of the day for the many graduates, families, and alumni joining us in May.”Prominent alumni who have received this honor include President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1929), U.S. Sens. Leverett Saltonstall (1939) and Henry Cabot Lodge (1949), and actor John Lithgow (1992). More recently, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (2016), NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson (2013), U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (2011), and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Nicholas Kristof (2007) have served in this role.After graduating cum laude from Harvard College, where she concentrated in government and captained the women’s basketball team, Healey played professional basketball in Austria before returning to the U.S. to earn her law degree.Healey was a junior partner at the international law firm WilmerHale (formerly Hale and Dorr), and a special assistant district attorney in Middlesex County. She served in various senior roles in the attorney general’s office, including chief of the civil rights division, leading the state’s successful challenge against the federal Defense of Marriage Act. She was elected attorney general in 2014, and has since garnered national attention for her work advancing the economic security of residents and addressing the state’s opioid epidemic.The annual meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association will be held May 25 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Tercentenary Theatre, Harvard Yard. All Harvard alumni and members of the Harvard community are invited to attend and can obtain free tickets. Alumni should contact the Harvard Alumni Association for tickets, while those on campus — faculty and staff — can visit the Harvard Box Office. For those unable to attend, the proceedings will be streamed live online.last_img read more

  • Event Feb 24 to help Vermont firms find ‘matches’ with government agencies and prime contractors

    first_imgThe event is sponsored by Leahy, the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Vermont Agency of Transportation, the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services, the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center, the Vermont Small Business Development Center and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. BURLINGTON, Vt. (THURSDAY, Feb. 17, 2011)# # # # # Senator Patrick Leahy announced Thursday that more than 30 government agencies and prime contractors will be available to meet with Vermont’s small businesses during a contract matchmaker event next Thursday, February 24th, at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington.  The event will also feature Governor Peter Shumlin, U.S. Small Business Administration New England Regional Administrator Jeanne Hulit, and U.S. General Services Administration Regional Administrator Robert Zarnetske.During the ‘Contacts to Contracts’ event, small businesses will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with government officials and private contractors to learn about how to do business with local, state and federal government.  Small business representatives will arrive early the day of the event to sign up for ten-minute one-on-one meetings with each of the exhibitors they are interested in doing business with.  There will also be a panel discussion on how to do business with state government after the matchmaker sessions.‘The federal government is the biggest potential customer for many products that Vermont businesses produce,’ said Leahy, a champion of a federal grant program that funds the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center, a sponsor of the Contacts to Contracts event.  ‘Many of the Vermont firms that could be selling to federal agencies today are not.  The key to doing business with the government, as with other customers, is understanding how the procurement system works, what the government needs and what the government will need in the future.  This matchmaking event will give Vermonters the chance to talk directly to the people who know the answers to all of those questions.  It’s a chance to create long-lasting relationships and to tap information that can lead to bidding on and winning contracts.’‘The U.S. Government is the largest procurer of goods and services in the world,’ said SBA New England Regional Administrator Hulit, who will speak during lunch.  ‘At the SBA we work to ensure that America’s small businesses have the opportunity to compete for these contracts, bringing cutting edge technologies to the government and creating jobs in their communities.’For more information or to register, visit is external) or call 1-802-828-5243.  A list of registered government agencies and prime contractors available to meet with small businesses follows. Government AgenciesPrime ContractorsVermont Agency of Natural ResourcesAMETEK SCP Inc.Vermont Agency of TransportationBoeingChittenden County Transportation AuthorityDEW ConstructionU.S. Army, Watervliet ArsenalEADS Supply and ServicesU.S. Army, Natick Soldier SystemsEngleberth ConstructionU.S. Navy Portsmouth Naval ShipyardForensic Technology Inc.U.S. Navy Undersea Warfare CenterGE AviationU.S. Navy Public Works Department, MaineGeneral DynamicsU.S. Air Force, Electronic Systems CenterGoodrich CorporationU.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesLockheed Martin AeronauticsU.S. Department of StateNeagley & Chase Construction CompanyU.S. Forest ServiceNorthrop Grumman CorporationU.S. General Services AdministrationQinetiQ U.S. Department of TransportationRaytheonVermont National GuardSikorsky AircraftVermont Historic SitesSunburst Software Solutions, Inc.Vermont Office of Purchasing and Contractinglast_img read more

  • Bay Shore Man Convicted of Manslaughter

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Bay Shore man was convicted Friday of stabbing a 40-year-old man to death during a party at the victim’s Central Islip home last year.A Suffolk County jury found Wilfredo Flores guilty of second-degree manslaughter.Prosecutors said the 29-year-old man took two knives from a kitchen drawer and began to threaten people at the  when he fatally stabbed Carlos Velasquez on March 9, 2014.An autopsy found the blade pierced the victim’s heart, according to investigators.Flores faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced March 23 by Judge John Toomey Jr.last_img read more

  • Consumers need branches, and branches need advanced technology to stay affordable

    first_imgAlogent closely follows shifts in bank and credit union branching, especially declining branch transaction volumes, increasing staffing costs, and the resulting need for ever-greater efficiency in transaction workflows.Our recent white paper, Investing in Teller/Front Counter Capture, updates recent data on one important of the branching equation: the true cost of image capture technology. You can download our paper to read about life cycle costs you may not have considered—or reconsidered lately.A new study that supports our conclusions is now available from Kronos. The FMSI 2017 Teller Line Study is based on over 15 million teller transactions at banks and credit unions across the U.S. It focuses on staffing strategies—which they call human capital management—for your branching plans. Their detailed productivity recommendations are definitely worth a look.The study’s twin 26-year trendlines paint a vivid picture. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more