Julie McBrien (46) was sentenced to 5 ½ years – 2 years 9 months in custody and 2 years 9 months on licence - for a number of fraud, forgery and money laundering offences.

She was sentenced at Dungannon Crown Court yesterday, Wednesday 3 November.

Detective Constable McKee from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Economic Crime Unit said: “This was a serious crime in which Julie McBrien defrauded her employer out of approximately £1.8 million for her own personal gain. She was given a position of trust and in return she chose to abuse that trust.

“Her actions have had far reaching consequences for her employers who worked tirelessly to establish their company and who, in spite of their immense financial loss, continue to contribute to the economy by employing people from the local community.

“I hope this sentencing sends out a clear message to anyone who thinks they can get away with this type of crime. We will work tirelessly to bring offenders before the courts so that that victims receive the justice they deserve.

“I would ask anyone who believes they are a victim of fraud to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.”

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