Primark assistant manager admits stealing £500 from store

Felix Ogunleye admitted 10 counts of theft by employee from the Ilford branch of Primark

Felix Ogunleye admitted 10 counts of theft by employee from the Ilford branch of Primark - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Ima

A Primark employee from Dagenham has admitted issuing £500 worth of refunds to himself after closing time.

Felix Ogunleye, of Ballards Road, admitted 10 counts of theft by employee at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, April 8.

The court heard how store bosses of the clothing chain’s Ilford branch became suspicious after a high number of refund transactions connected to his employee number took place after hours.

An internal investigation found that on 10 occasions in December and January the 37-year-old logged onto a customer service till after obtaining electronic copies of sales receipts, and on a further two occasions logged in as another employee.

CCTV footage showed that although members of the public stood near the till on several occasions, nobody was ever given a refund.

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Ogunleye resigned from his job as assistant manager in January, the day after being interviewed as part of an internal investigation.

He was arrested at his home on March 20 and charged the same day.

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Investigating officer Pc Sam Burrows said Ogunleye “abused his position on a number of occasions with no regard for company policy or the repercussions.”

He is due to be sentenced on Tuesday, April 28 at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court.

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