Former councillor jailed for stealing £155,000 from Newbury employers
Service engineer emptied coins from washing machines
A FORMER Tory councillor has been jailed for three years for swindling his Newbury employers out of £155,000.
Jonathan Woodley-Shead stole coins from launderette machines he serviced as an engineer while working for Armstrong Commercial Laundry Systems.
Reading Crown Court heard today(Wednesday) how Woodley-Shead used a company key to empty £1 and 20p coins from the coin boxes of washing machines and tumble dryers at 23 different locations around the south of England between 2011 and 2015.
The 52-year-old planned his work week to trawl his employer’s machines at student halls and army barracks, pocketing an average of £4,000 in cash every month.
Sarita Basra, prosecuting, said: “The defendant now accepts stealing £155,000 from his former employers Armstrong Commercial Laundry Systems over 44 months from December 2011 to July 2015.
“That was an average steal of just under £4,000 a month. His duties were to visit and repair and install machines and the service engineers did not have keys or permission to access the cash boxes located on the machines.”
Woodley-Shead had worked for the company since 2008. He was promoted, before a position of field supervisor was created for him.
His managers became suspicious after he was spotted at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire when there hadn’t been a service call.
The former South Oxfordshire District councillor, who represented Sandford and the Wittenhams ward, was elected last year.
He stepped down just two months later on July 29.