Payroll Management: It's All About Trust

As anyone in charge of payroll has access to sensitive data and the assets of an organisation, they must be of the highest character and completely trustworthy. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, as evidenced by a recent news story involving a serious breach of trust. 

Payroll Administrator Convicted of £120,000 Fraud
A trusted payroll administrator from Hucknall in Nottinghamshire was convicted of embezzling around £123,000 from her employer. Over a period of just under four years from June of 2016 to January of 2020, 29-year-old Sandra Komunska made multiple payments into her own bank accounts by creating fake payee details, invoices and emails. 

The fraud came to light during an internal investigation regarding a missing payment to a client, which found that Komunska had credited the amount to her own bank account. This prompted a more detailed investigation, which revealed the multiple payments that Komunska had made to two other accounts in her name. 

Komunska pleaded guilty to the charge of fraud by abuse of position. The judge handed down a custodial sentence of two years suspended for a period of 18 months. In addition, Komunska was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and 20 'rehabilitation days'. 

Commenting on the case, Nottinghamshire Police's specialist fraud investigator Detective Constable Christopher Underwood said: "Komunska repeatedly stole a very large sum of money over a three-and-a-half-year period. She could have stopped this offending at any time but chose instead to keep stealing more and more from the employers who had put so much time and effort into training her. This was an appalling abuse of trust."

Established almost five decades ago in 1974, Bachmann Group has been continually building an unmatched reputation for providing reliable, trustworthy payroll management services to a diverse and ever-growing array of businesses and organisations. Fully MLC-compliant, we work in close conjunction with Multiwage, a leading, BACS-Approved Payroll Bureau. The ongoing accreditation of Multiwage by BACS is testament to the impeccable levels of confidentiality and security that our payroll management clients receive. 

For more details about Multiwage and the comprehensive payroll management services provided by Bachmann Guernsey, please browse our website. If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our dedicated customer service team who will be more than happy to help.  

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