Father of QUADRUPLETS, 35, who ‘stole up to £30,000 from his boss’ so he could feed and clothe his four children who needed 20 nappies and 24 bottles of milk a day is spared jail
- Car salesman Matthew Davies secretly sold cars and fiddled paperwork to pocket the profit for himself on top of his £77,000-a-year salary
- He and wife Katalina had surprise quadruplets and struggled to to keep up with the monthly essentials costs of £800, putting him into debt
- Mr Davies was handed a 18-month suspended sentence at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester
A car salesman who was accused of stealing up to £30,000 from his boss has been spared jail after claiming he needed the money to feed and clothe his family of young quadruplets.
Matthew Davies, 35, secretly sold a string of second hand vehicles and pocketed the cash after suffering debts due to the children’s £800 a month needs, which at one stage included 20 nappies and 24 bottles of milk a day.
The father-of-five earned up to £77,000 a year working six days a week as sales manager at Dace Motor Group Ltd in Stockport, Greater Manchester.
Matthew Davies, pictured outside Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester, stole up to £30,000 from his boss after secretly selling second hand cars and fudging the numbers
But he and his wife, Katalina Davies, both had a child each from previous relationships and were said to be struggling to provide for their eight-person household.
Mr Davies fiddled paperwork to cover his tracks and even planted ‘fake’ cars onto the firm’s stock list to make it look like no vehicles had gone missing.
He was caught red-handed after an audit was carried out due a discrepancy and he has since lost his job.
Appearing at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester, Mr Davies was handed a sentence of 10 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months after admitting theft by employee.
He was accused of costing the company £90,000 but insisted he had only taken £30,000. Company records could not back up the higher figure.
He has since got a job with his brother and repaid £23,000 to Dace Motor Group.
Mr Davies was spared jail after Judge Angela Nield said ‘I accept that there is no evidence in this case of you having conspired in some form of lavish lifestyle’
The court heard Davies of Bredbury, Stockport, had joined the firm as a car valeter in 2014 and risen through the ranks becoming a general manager. He then became a sales manager after a company reorganisation.
The thefts began after his wife, 33, defied odds of 700,000 to one to conceive quads without IVF and gave birth to four non-identical babies Sofia, Aston, Amelia and Roman at St Marys Hospital in Manchester in February 2015.
Shortly after the births the couple who only planned to have one child together went public about their quads and featured on TV shows and in magazines.
Mrs Davies said it costed them £200 a week on essentials when they were babies.
At the time, the mother-of-five said: ‘They had to be bottle-fed as I couldn’t produce enough milk to satisfy them all and I got through 20 nappies a day, while each baby guzzled six bottles of milk every day.
Katalina Davies, pictured left with her husband Matthew, said they would get through 20 nappies and 24 bottles of milk a day when the quads were babies
‘Before we had them we wouldn’t think of how much things cost, but now we have to take advantage of deals, so it has had an impact on our finances but my husband is really hard-working and always does the best for the family.
‘Matt goes to work, I do everything else.
‘The house is my office and the kids are my job. Before, I never really had much food in the fridge because it would go off before we ate it and now it’s just food, food food. I have never cooked so much in my life.’
Miss Alison Whalley, prosecuting, said that Mr Davies also received £5,000 to £6,000 per month and £5000 per year in bonuses.
‘This was quite a close-knit company. Employees were encouraged to get to know one another and they attended with their families at company events.
‘He stated he couldn’t identify a trigger to his offending. The company suggested £90,000 was taken but the company records couldn’t show that.
‘The defendant was described as a popular worker and when he had quadruplets, he would go into the company on his days off.
‘But he was selling company stock cars and keeping the cash for himself and also keeping customer deposits.
‘To try and cover this, he put fake cars into the company’s stock list which gave the impression of balancing the books.’
Investigations began after Davies sold a BMW but listed his sale on the stock-list as a Mercedes, with a £570 discrepancy over the value of the cars.
The audit results were then shown to company general manager Mark Sutcliffe while Davies himself was in the office on his day off.
Miss Whalley added: ‘He tried to hide the reason for the discrepancy of £570 and provided excuses but then broke down and admitted stealing vehicles and identified thirteen that he had created.’
His employers were not able to give an exact value as to the number of cars but they found the fake vehicles created a false profit of £63,218.59.
A senior colleague also lost £4,700 in commissions as a result of the fraud.
‘The defendant was immediately suspended but did continue to work during this period by way of assisting the company to identify the vehicles he took and also the fake vehicles,’ Miss Whalley explained.
‘Those at the company were described as ‘gobsmacked’ and initially decided not to involve the police.
‘As a means of repaying some of his outstanding debt, the defendant agreed to not take three weeks of holiday pay and the defendant’s father also signed away his own car to the company.
Mr and Mrs Davies struggled to have children initially as Katalina suffers with polycystic ovary syndrome, which makes it difficult to conceive naturally – but after having the quads they have struggled to make ends meet
‘The defendant entered a disciplinary meeting on October 15, 2019. He fully admitted to his dishonesty and said it took place over 18 months.
‘The company owner has had to change his financial recording system. Eventually, the police had to be involved and officers interviewed the defendant as to his financial difficulties.
‘The defendant stated it was far lower. He stated it was about £30,000.
‘He confirmed that he sold the cars and kept the cash. The fake cars were used to cover the theft, but ultimately, one didn’t.
‘He said he was aware that he would be identified, and he was planning to admit to what he had done… It was a sophisticated approach, involving the alteration of financial documents. Mr Sutcliffe had to repay some commission of his own.’
In mitigation defence counsel, Rick Holland, said: ‘This defendant has never been in trouble previously, He worked for the company for a very considerable period of time. He rose from the role of valeting cars to the role of a senior manager.
‘He was therefore in a position where he was in contact with records. He was in a position of trust as an employee and he had access to the records. Although there was a level of sophistication to the offending, it also is the case that the defendant was going to face the music. It was only a question of when that was.
‘He and his wife have six children, two 13-year old’s each from separate partners, and six years ago, they had quadruplets.
‘His household had six young children and perhaps that got the better of him. He hasn’t used the money in the way we do encounter – taking holidays abroad in a sort of lavish lifestyle. It seems as if it was to simply make ends meet.’
The couple had a child each from previous relationships before deciding to have ‘one’ of their own, but beat the odds of 700,000 to one and had non-identical quadruplets, causing them financial strain
Mr Davies was also ordered to complete 200 hours unpaid work and pay a total of £9,750 in compensation.
Judge Angela Nield told him:’ ‘You were employed as a salesman, selling high end used cars and despite having significant earnings, your family were subject to some considerable financial difficulties.
‘The officer in this case has recorded a number of debts, and you embarked on a process over a prolonged period of time of stealing from your employer’s company and stealing in a way that involved some significant measure of sophistication.
‘By your own admission, the amount was somewhere between £20,000 and £30,000. I accept that there is no evidence in this case of you having conspired in some form of lavish lifestyle.
‘You are the father of relatively young quadruplets and two older children – but it does not excuse the behaviour that you subsequently engaged in.’
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