Car cheat sentenced

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A MAN who stole two cars from his Thetford-based employer and lied about a driving ban has received a suspended prison sentence.

At a previous hearing, Jeremy Michael Waskett, 40, of Stone Cottage, Sudbury Road, Long Melford, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft by an employee, two of fraud by false representation and driving while disqualified.

The court heard how, last year, while working as a sales manager at EMG Motor Group, he stole a Ford Puma worth £700 and a VW Polo worth £2,700, sold them and pocketed the cash.

Prosecuting, Lesla Small, said he had also shown his employer an out-of-date driving licence and did not inform them of a driving ban.

Last Thursday, at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court, Waskett received 16 weeks’ custody, suspended for 18 months, to run concurrent for each offence, with an alcohol treatment requirement and 100 hours’ unpaid work. For driving while disqualified, his licence was endorsed with six penalty points.

He was ordered to pay £495 and £50 in compensation, and £85 costs.