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Ipswich: Bus company worker Ryan Ball fiddled nearly £2,000 from his employer because of “old-fashioned greed”.

12:17 03 April 2014

South East Suffolk Magistrates

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

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A 19-year-old former Ipswich Buses clerk has told a court that “old-fashioned greed” drove him to embezzle nearly £2,000 from the company.

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Ryan Ball admitted theft by employee when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.

The teenager stole a total of £1970.80 between March 23 and July 1 last year.

Prosecutor Colette Harper said Ball had been a customer service employee with Ipswich Buses Ltd.

Magistrates heard bus drivers are not allowed to handle money and therefore give change. Credit notes given out are taken to the customer services department and exchanged for cash.

Ball would then fiddle the payments to get more money than they were worth and would end up pocketing the difference.

Mrs Harper told the court Ball had no previous convictions. However he was given a community resolution in 2010 for shoplifting.

A community resolution means the offender and the victim have agreed to settle a matter without a prosecution taking place.

Asked if he had anything to say in mitigation, Ball who represented himself, told the court: “I’m sorry. There was no motivation for doing it. It was old fashioned greed. There was no excuse for it.”

Magistrates heard Ball is no longer employed by the bus company and currently works as a printer.

After the matter was adjourned for a fast track pre-sentence report to be compiled by the probation service Ball was called back into court.

He was given one-year community order with a condition that he does 150 hours’ unpaid work.

In addition Ball was ordered to pay Ipswich Buses compensation of £1970.80.

Furthermore he was told to pay £85 towards prosecution costs and £60 to the victims’ fund.

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