Court sentences Johnny Pollard for fraud

Court sentences Johnny Pollard for fraud

Former Bookable Holidays director Johnny Pollard received a 12-week suspended sentence at Newbury Magistrates Court today.

Pollard was also sentenced to 240 hours community service after pleading guilty to fraud against his former employer at a hearing last month.

He was charged in November with a single count of fraud involving almost £5,600.

Pollard admitted keeping money that had been paid for bookings and was due to Bookable Holidays. 

Magistrates chairman Linda Gent had warned the 39-year-old last month that he could face up to six months in jail or longer if sentenced at a Crown Court.

A well-known figure in the travel industry who sat on Abta’s membership committee, Pollard joined Bookable Holidays in June 2011 after several years as commercial director at Manchester-based online agency On The Beach. However, he parted company with Bookable in August.

At the November hearing, magistrates heard that customers Paul and Lisa Shaw gave Pollard £2,400 to book a holiday, which they paid into his account. Instead of passing it on to Bookable Holidays, Pollard kept the cash.

He was said to have kept the money from two other holiday bookings and was charged with fraud totalling £5,591.59.

Pollard agreed to pay the sum after he was confronted by Bookable director Jason Dwyer, and there has been no suggestion that any clients of Bookable Holidays were defrauded.

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