Former travel agency manager denies £95,000 theft

Belinda Traves outside court.
Belinda Traves outside court.

A FORMER travel agency manager has denied lining her pockets with computer refunds for holidays at a family-run travel agency in Bridlington.

Belinda Ann Traves, 49, formerly of Eighth Avenue, appeared before a judge at Hull Crown Court and pleaded not guilty to five charges including using fellow sales assistants’ passwords to claim refunds, help her family to holidays and steal cash.

Ms Traves, a trusted employee at Holiday Travel on Promenade, is accused of stealing almost £100,000 while working there by recording false accounts and records on the firm’s computer system between January 2007 and January 2012.

She stood in the dock of court one at Hull Crown Court on Thursday (December 20) and pleaded not guilty to two charges of fraud and three of theft.

The first charge alleges fraud by changing computer recorded staff initials so she would qualify for commission on sales instead.

The second charge of fraud alleges she abused her position of trust as the manager of Holiday Travel to make a gain of £92,000 in cash or credit.

Traves also denied theft by stealing £2,200 on November 27 2010, theft of £1,000 between April and October 2011 and theft of £700 in cash.

Crown barrister Simon Batiste said there would be 22 witnesses in the fraud case and the trial was estimated to take up to four weeks.

Traves, who has now moved to Castley Lane, Pool, in Wharfdale, Leeds, was represented by her barrister Nicholas De la Poer.

Judge Michael Mettyear adjourned the case for an interim hearing at Hull Crown Court on January 31 with a trial expected in June.

In the meantime she has unconditional bail.