Sainsburys IT Boss Jailed For Loyalty Card Fraud

A former IT manager at supermarket chain Sainsburys has been handed a 20-month jail term after stealing over £81,000 worth of Nectar points from the retailer.
The Old Bailey heard how James Stevenson stole 17 million Nectar points from Sainsbury’s and credited them to various accounts for the reward scheme set up using false names while working as a lead analyst programmer at Sainsbury’s head office in Holborn.
The 45 year old from Muswell Hill in London admitted using some of the points to purchase £8,120-worth of goods from the store.
Edward McKiernan, prosecuting, said when Stevenson’s fraud was discovered by Sainsbury’s, he told them he had “discovered a loophole in the system”.
McKiernan added: “There wasn’t a proper check in place. He was a trusted employee so no-one was looking over his shoulder.”
Judge Peter Thornton told Stevenson: “You had access to the Nectar card system and loyalty card scheme. You abused your position over a period of years by putting points on to false cards.”
“It is clear your initial motive was greed. This was a carefully planned, well-worked fraud on Sainsbury’s.”
Mr Stevenson was sentenced to 20 months in prison for the fraud and ordered to repay £8,120 to Sainsburys .