A CHARITY worker from Solihull and his wife have been jailed after living the high life with £90,000 of stolen money.
Amandeep Singh Sandhar, of Martley Croft, Solihull, splashed out on a BMW and holidays in the United States and lent an innocent friend £19,000 from his illegal activity.
The 31-year-old’s wife Kamaljit Kaur Sandhar, also splashed the cash - spending £5,500 on a Breitling designer watch and buying dollars for a trip to Las Vegas.
Amandeep was jailed for 15 months after pleading guilty to fraud by abusing his position with the Learning Skills and Improvement Service charity.
His 29-year-old wife admitted a charge of converting criminal property on the day of her trial. She was given a three-month prison sentence and told to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.
Warwick Crown Court heard Amandeep used his job as a financial co-ordinator with the Learning Skills and Improvement Service to divert almost £70,000 into a joint account he held with his wife. Another sum of almost £20,000 was paid into the account of an innocent friend who asked to borrow money.
The thefts were discovered when Amandeep left LSIS at the end of his contract in November 2011.
Kamaljit told police she knew nothing of the thefts and thought the cash was legitimate.
Balraj Bhatia, for Amandeep, said he wanted to be a “bigger man” in the eyes of his family after he failed to become a chartered accountant.
Mr Bhatia said: “It was not simply to live the high life, but to have the trappings of a successful man. Perhaps his greatest sorrow is that he brings his wife into the dock with him because of his own stupidity.”
Passing sentence, Judge Alan Parker told Amandeep: “You were in a position of considerable trust, having access to the financial records of your employer which was a registered charity.”