AN Airbus worker has admitted that he made more than £70,000 by selling off tools belonging to his employers.
Gavin Jones, of Woodland Drive in Greenfield, asked for a sentencing indication when he appeared at Mold Crown Court on Friday.
Judge Niclas Parry said that if he pleaded guilty on Friday, it would result in a five-month immediate sentence of imprisonment.
Following a short adjournment, Jones, 36, pleaded guilty to fraud – that between February 27 last year and April 12 this year, he abused his position as an employee of the Airbus Corporation in which he was expected to safeguard their financial interests, by selling tools and equipment which belonged to Airbus.
Prosecuting barrister Jayne La Grua said it was fraud by an employee over a 14-month period which amounted to £73,000.
Judge Parry said he could never understand why such cases were charged as fraud rather than theft from an employer.
He adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report and Jones was bailed in the meantime.
The judge said he would be misleading him if he told him to do anything other than prepare himself for an immediate custodial sentence.
Gordon Hennell, defending, said his client was a man of good character.
He handed in one reference for Friday’s hearing but said he had a total of 29 character references.