An accountant who claims he was bullied by some of his coworkers decided to defraud his employer by filing multiple bogus payments to himself from the company, stealing approximately $340,000. Darren Carvill, 38, spent more than $200,000 of the money in a single drug-fueled weekend, blowing it on cocaine and high-class escorts.
Carvill, who worked for Mr. Clutch in the UK, admitted that he almost bankrupted the company by stealing the small fortune. He said he wanted to experience a “weekend of madness” and to “go out with a bang,” according to a report by the Mirror.
The accountant claimed to be suffering from low self-esteem. Carvill said he ended up addicted to high-class escort parties and being around “glamorous” people and drugs.
When Carvill believed he was about to be caught, he decided he wanted to “go out with a bang.” In just one weekend, he spent approximately $222,000 on drugs and prostitutes, a sex-fueled romp he described as “a weekend of madness.”
Speaking to the court, barrister James Ross stated, “[Carvill] has had a very unhappy life. For most of his life, he has been bullied.”
“He has suffered from very low self-esteem and social awkwardness,” Ross continued. “He says he was a good employee and worked long hours and did a good job.”
“He says his bosses had shown them nothing but kindness,” he added, “but, other than the owners, there was at least one person who subjected him to ridicule and caused a downward spiral.”
Ross also said that Carvill had become addicted to his nightlife activities, which included using an escort agency and drugs.
Carvill’s actions nearly bankrupted Mr. Clutch, an auto repair chain with multiple franchise locations. He managed to transfer £262,000 (about $340,000) from various franchise locations to himself, disguising the transfers as payments to legitimate suppliers.
Ross also claimed that Carvill intended to repay the money, deluding himself into believing that he was borrowing the funds, not stealing them.
Judge Philip St. John-Stevens, who sentenced Carvill, said that Carvill had “pushed the self-destruct” button. However, the judge did believe that Carvill’s remorse was genuine.
The company, in a victim’s statement, outline the impact of Carvill’s theft, including the inability to pay suppliers or employees in a timely manner.
It also came to light that this wasn’t the first time Carvill had stolen from an employer. He had, in 2008, received a suspended jail sentence for embezzling at a travel company he worked for previously.
Carvill received a jail sentence of two-and-a-half years. He had admitted to 18 fraud charges in total.