Frances Ball 13 Jun 2019 11:17am

Deloitte accountant spared jail over £90,000 fraud

An accountant in Deloitte’s real estate tax team was found to have fiddled expenses to fund his gambling habit

Gurgyan Singh Kaley defrauded his employers of more than £90,000 through forged Uber and taxi receipts, and falsely claiming money for a subscription to ICAEW, according to a report in the Evening Standard.

The fraud was originally uncovered in September, when the HR department at Deloitte noticed an “unusually high volume of taxi claims”. Kaley had claimed £28,000 for taxis in seven weeks.

Kaley also took more than £4,000 by submitting nine duplicate claims for subscriptions to ICAEW.

Inner London Crown Court heard yesterday that Kaley had a serious addiction to gambling, one that had cost him at least £1m over five years.

Judge Benedict Kelleher recognised this while sentencing Kaley, calling it “an addiction that is not easily overcome”.

“Like all gamblers you failed to make a profit and were running up substantial debts … you were becoming increasingly desperate,” he said.

Kaley was handed a two-year suspended prison term, and was ordered to pay Deloitte £75,000.

Evan Cranfield, mitigating, said that Kaley intended to do so by cashing in his £65,000 pension pot. He added that Kaley recognised his accounting career was effectively over.

A Deloitte spokesperson said: “We note the outcome of the hearing and are satisfied with the final decision. Deloitte has a zero tolerance approach to fraud and we expect all our people to adhere to our strict guidelines of conduct. Anyone found to have acted in bad faith will, of course, face immediate and appropriate action.”