Jail Time For Toner Thieft That Sold Surplus Stock On Ebay

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Jail Time For Toner Thieft That Sold Surplus Stock On Ebay

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    Jail Time For Toner Thieft That Sold Surplus Stock On Ebay
    By Gary Stewart

    A trusted employee who stole more than £30,000 of printer cartridges and sold them on eBay was jailed.

    Glenn Furnice had worked at Southport printing firm Mitchell & Wright for 23 years when he embarked on the six-year thefts scam.

    He would over-order Xerox ink cartridges and sell off the surplus on an eBay account under the name "busybody."

    The 47-year-old was caught out by a colleague who saw the eBay page left open on Furnice’s work computer.

    Derek Jones, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that Furnice had began working with Mitchell & Wright, based in Banastre Road, in 1984.

    Mr Jones said: “He had around 23 years’ service when he started the thefts from the company.

    “Matters weren’t discovered company until November of last year when a colleague entered a printing room where the defendant worked and noticed a computer open on an eBay page.

    “The name was ‘busybody’ and the colleague noticed that various Xerox cartridges were for sale.

    “The colleague investigated the defendant over that weekend and went on eBay and found ‘busybody’ had been selling many Xerox items over several years.” 

    The court heard how the suspicious colleague pretended to be an interested buyer.

    eBay messages from ‘busybody’ were signed off ‘Glenn’ and sent from the company’s computer while he was at work.

    Furnice, of Rufford Road, Crossens, was dismissed from his job and arrested by police, where he made frank admissions.

    He told how he would stash full ink cartridges with empty ones set for recycling and take them home with him at the end of the day.

    He said he would put the full cartridges on eBay, where they sold for between £30 and £300. 

    James Burke, defending, said Furnice, who suffers from depression, fell into financial difficulties following the collapse of his first marriage.

    Mr Burke said: “He had been left in debt following a divorce from his first wife in respect of credit cards and a remortgage that had been kept secret from him, which left him with a debt of around £20,000.”

    Judge Thomas Teague, QC, said Furnice had made in excess of £30,000 by “exploiting his position”.

    He said: “This was a long course of offending where you exploited the position you held to order excess quantities of materials.

    “I do accept you have genuine remorse for what you did and I say that because you never sought to hide what you did once it come to light.”

    Furnice, who had no previous convictions, admitted a charge of theft from an employer and was jailed for eight months.