Woman imprisoned for selling 200 cellphones suggested for Aberdeen council staff

 

A former council employee has actually been imprisoned for 12 months after fraudulently selling practically 200 smart phones acquired for local authority employees.Nicola Williamson ordered 196 handsets from Vodafone and offered them to mobile recycling company Mazuma Mobile, stealing nearly 40,000 in the process.

 

The other day, the 47-year-old appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court for sentencing after she confessed to committing the fraud in between June 15, 2012 and December 11, 2013.Williamson had actually worked for the council for 28 years and, at the time of the offence, was a senior expert.Fiscal depute Kelly Mitchell said Williamson had access to online ordering of mobile phones as part of her role.

 

She logged into the council s online Vodafone account which included a credit fund, supplying complimentary phones to clients without creating a billing.The court heard the credit fund stood at 200,000 and the mobile phone company made its money through use of the phones once they were turned on.Williamson logged into the account, both at work and at home, and had actually the phones delivered to the council s office.

 

She then offered them to Mazuma Mobile from her home in West Cairncry Road.However Miss Mitchell stated Vodafone spotted uncommon activity on the council account.Williamson admitted the offence to her company and was consequently sacked for gross misbehavior.

 

In April 2014, Williamson sold her property and transferred to Cyprus to stick with her moms and dads. She was jailed at Heathrow Airport while travelling back to Aberdeen.The court heard that the council did not lose any money because of the credit account.Williamson s solicitor, Mike Monro said there was no charge to the council or the tax payer.

 

But Sheriff Graeme Buchanan said: This was a gross breach of trust. He ruled that, given her absence off an address in the UK, a community work order would not be proper.Williamson was given a 12-month sentence, backdated to January 26, when she was remanded in custody.