Have you ever asked an employee to lie for you and take responsibility for your mistakes? I hope not. This case is a good example of why that is never a good idea.

Anne Ganley, an award winning director of a builder’s merchant firm in Sunderland, has been jailed for two and a half years for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

What happened to cause this award winning director to lose her freedom and reputation?

Ganley apparently asked 10 of her employees to accept speeding points on her behalf. The court considered that it's likely that the employees felt under pressure and didn’t want to risk losing their jobs, therefore they complied with her requests.

During the court case it came to light that the police investigated 29 speeding offences which involved cars registered to the company, A Thompson & Sons. Ganley admitted that she was responsible for almost half of these speeding offences.

The employees involved in this scandal were also charged with conspiracy along with a friend of one of the managers. All of them received varying jail terms which were suspended for 18 months meaning that they don’t go to prison immediately, but is given the chance to stay out of trouble and to comply with certain conditions set by the court, in this case it includes doing unpaid work. The manager, Thomas Barraclough received a 6 months sentence and Ganley’s son, who was a co-director of the company, was jailed for 9 months.

The company has gone out of business in the meantime.

There is a clear lesson here for both employers and employees: play by the rules or be caught out and face some pretty stiff penalties. Employees with criminal records related to dishonesty offences are often at a disadvantage when it comes to seeking out new employment.

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