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Former employee found guilty over Morrisons data theft

17/07/2015

Andrew Skelton, a former employee of Morrisons supermarket has today (17 July) been found guilty of fraud, securing unauthorised access to computer material and disclosing personal data. He has been sentenced to eight years at Bradford Crown Court, in relation to stealing personal data belonging to nearly 100,000 Morrisons employees.

David Holderness, reviewing lawyer, Complex Casework Unit, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said: "Andrew Skelton was in a position of considerable trust with access to confidential personal information as Senior Internal Auditor at Morrisons.

"He abused this position by uploading this information - which included employees' names, addresses and bank account details - onto various internet websites.

"He then attempted to cover his tracks and implicate a fellow employee by using this colleague's details to set up a fake email account.

"Andrew Skelton's motive appears to have been a personal grievance over a previous incident where he was accused of dealing in legal highs at work.

"The potential loss to his victims and the sheer quantity of potentially compromised data was very significant and could have resulted in employees' identities being stolen. Currently Morrison's has incurred costs of almost £2 million as a result of this fraud, costs have included professional fees, legal fees and fees incurred through attempts to safeguard their employees.

"The sentence imposed today sends out a very clear message that we will robustly prosecute serious fraudsters such as Skelton who believe they are above the law."

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