Theatre manager jailed for stealing from a Liverpool playhouse

|News

An assistant manager at a theatre in Liverpool has pleaded guilty to stealing £273,109 from the business.

On 9 April 2019 at Liverpool Crown Court, Kelvin Lloyd, 27, admitted stealing the money from the Epstein Theatre in Hanover Street, Liverpool. He was immediately sentenced to 28 months' imprisonment.

Lloyd had been a technician at the theatre, which had received support from Liverpool City Council, before his promotion to assistant manager.

He was given responsibility for managing online transactions on behalf of the company in April 2016 after the previous accountant left.

He was responsible for paying bills for everything from the everyday upkeep of the building to performers and suppliers. He would also regularly count the day’s takings and deposit them at the bank.

In November 2017, the Epstein theatre went into administration because of financial difficulties and the company’s account was frozen.

The financial administrators looked into the accounts and identified suspicious online money transfers and creditors not being paid, despite bank statements indicating that they had.

They reviewed a number of large transactions in the period immediately before the company’s account was frozen. They discovered there were transactions to three separate bank accounts, all belonging to Kelvin Lloyd.

He was challenged but said the transfers had been made mistakenly. Lloyd was arrested on 28 April 2018 at an apartment in Wood Street in Liverpool City centre.

In the flat was found expensive IT equipment, mobile phones and laptops, computer games and gadgets. There was also evidence of an expensive holiday in the United States. Lloyd eventually admitted his crimes and pleaded guilty to theft.

Bernard Byrne of Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service said: “The apartment was the clearest indication that Kelvin Lloyd was living beyond his means.

“He was earning around £21,000 as an assistant manager at the theatre but was living an expensive lifestyle, way beyond what he could afford on that income.

“The investigation revealed he transferred £180,574 into his accounts from the theatre’s account and deposited £92,535 of cash into his account.

“Lloyd had been trusted by the people running the theatre and had been promoted as a result. In return, he abused that trust and is now in jail.”

A timetable will now be set to trace and reclaim as much of the stolen money as possible as part of the Proceeds of Crime legislation.

Notes to editors

  • Bernard Byrne is a District Crown Prosecutor for CPS Mersey-Cheshire

Further reading