The former deputy manager of Days Inn has avoided jail after pleading guilty to defrauding the hotel of more than £5,000.
Taro Rawles, 41, from Vetch Walk, Haverhill, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court last Friday (August 9) for sentencing.
On July 9 he pleaded guilty to fraud having defrauded the hotel the cash to pay off his credit card.
Rawles was handed a six month sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 250 hours of community work.
He was also ordered to pay £400 in court costs and a victim surcharge of £80, to be paid within 28 days.
Rawles will return to the court in early October to discuss compensation.
After Rawles had pleaded guilty last month Judge Anthony Goldstaub QC adjourned sentencing, with Rawles remanded on bail.
Mark Lakin, prosecuting, told the court Rawles obtained £5,051.57 involving 25 transactions using card payment facilities to credit refunds onto his card.
Rawles was charged with fraud by abuse of position on May 23 and appeared at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on June 20.
Prior to Rawles pleading guilty, a spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: “Between February 10, 2012 and March 22, 2013, Taro Rawles committed fraud in that he dishonestly intended thereby to make a gain for himself by abusing his position as deputy hotel manager, in which he was expected to safeguard or not take against the financial interests of the Days Inn hotel, by refunding £5,051.57 worth of transactions to his personal credit card in breach of Section 4 of the Fraud Act 2006.”
Rawles is no longer deputy manager at the Phoenix Road hotel, though Days Inn did not wish to comment or say when he left.
Rawles appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court as despite being in Haverhill the hotel lies just over the county line in Essex.
When Rawles returns to court in October it will then be discussed how to compensate the hotel and repay the £5,051.57 that he defrauded the hotel chain of.
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