Ex-housing manager ordered to receive mental health treatment after mass theft
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Legal
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A former manager at a Kent-based social landlord has been ordered to undergo treatment for mental health problems after admitting to stealing thousands of pounds worth of equipment.
Adam Barker was also given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, for selling materials owned by West Kent Housing Association (WKHA).
The thief managed to sell off £26,662-worth of equipment to local plumbers.
Maidstone Crown Court heard that the 39-year-old ordered bathroom fittings for around 4,000 of WKHA's properties. He had permission to buy up to £5,000 worth of stock at a time without further clearance.
After the crook left the social landlord by mutual agreement last year, an internal check discovered his criminal operation.
The court heard that Barker, of Treasury View, Ickham, suffered from mental health problems, and that he had agreed to pay back the money he had stolen out of his pension plan.
In a statement, WKHA said: "It was shocking for us to discover this breach of trust when our internal checks alerted us to the theft. We immediately informed the police and our regulators. Our and the police’s investigations have shown no other staff were involved. Following an external review we have made changes to our procedures and are now working on recovering the loss so it is not borne by our tenants."
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