By Oliver Hall
A former Kwik Fit sales manager stole car tyres by posing as an employee and redirecting a delivery driver, a court heard.
Deepak Uppal used to work as a sales manager at the Kwik Fit Garage in Black Lake, West Bromwich and used his inside knowledge of the company’s delivery systems to intercept goods.
Uppal, from Dudley, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation at West Bromwich Magistrates Court yesterday, according to the report in the Wolverhampton Express and Star newspaper.
The court heard that he had dishonestly received two tyres worth £390 by posing as a member of staff on June 2 this year, even though he had left the company a few months earlier.
Prosecuting, Miss Maxine Jarrousse said that the tyres were being transported using a taxi from the West Bromwich garage to their other garage in Smethwick, as was “usual custom”, for the company.
But knowing this, 25-year-old Uppal had called the taxi company, Time Travel Taxis, posing as a member of Kwik Fit staff, and asked for the tyres to be redirected to him.
The court heard that Uppal, who was not represented in court, had sold the tyres on for £50 each.
He told magistrates: “I’m sorry, I know it was a stupid thing to do.”
Uppal was fined £120 and ordered to pay £390 in compensation to Kwik Fit, costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £15.