Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 02 October 2022), September 1907, trial of HAYTER, Alfred (38, bookkeeper) SCHON, Gilbert (34, clerk) (t19070910-39).

ALFRED HAYTER, GILBERT SCHON, Deception > fraud, 10th September 1907.

HAYTER, Alfred (38, bookkeeper) and SCHON, Gilbert (34, clerk), pleaded guilty both conspiring to cheat and defraud the Nutriola Company, Limited, and divers other persons; both uttering a forged order for the payment of money, to wit, a bankers' cheque dated June 13, 1907, and divers other cheques, with intent to defraud; Hayter, being servant to the Nutriola Comany, Limited, did falsify certain books belonging to his said employers and fordgine and uttering an order, to wit, a banker's cheque for £12, and divers other cheques, with intent to defraud. There were numerous other indictments in respect of forged orders.

Mr. Curtis Bennett prosecuted; Mr. Bernard Champion appeared for Schon; Mr. Forrest Fulton appeared on behalf of a Mr. Mendelshon photographer, at whose instance a warrant against Hayter had been issued.

Hayter pleaded guilty in all to 11 indictments, nine for forging and uttering cheques, one for conspiracy to defraud, and one for falsification of accounts; Schon to two indictments for uttering forged cheques. The Nutriola Company are vendors of patent drugs, and carry on business in Oxford Street. Hayter entered their employment in December of last year at 30s. a week, subsequently raised to 35s., and amongst other duties had to draw cheques in accordance with insturctions received from Mr. Lees, the managing director, or from Mr. Kershaw, the secretary. On March 4 of this year Hayter was told to make out a cheque for £2 payable to Miss Benjamin, the cashier, but after the cheque had been signed altered it to £12, obtained the money, and put the £10 into his pocket, the same system being adopted in the other cases, and the total amount so obtained was £80. He afterwards doctored the pass-book to show only entries of the amounts for which the cheques were originally drawn, and also altered the cheques when they were returned from the bank. When arrested Hayter made the confession, upon which Schon was arrested. He had been in the employ of the company since June, 1906, until last February, and it was discovered through the statement of the first prisoner that cheques had been taken by him and the counterfoils filled in with fictitious amounts. These cheque appeared to have been paid to a man named Morgan, but the company had no customer of that name, and the cheques

were cashed by a tradesman of Schon's, amounting in all to £56 2s. 3d. In addition, Hayter embezzled the sum of £42, moneys paid to him on behalf of the firm. Against Hayter there are two previous convictions, but nothing was previously known against Schon, who is very well connected.

Sentence. Hayter, Two years' hard labour; Schon, judgment respited till next Sessions.

BEFORE MR. JUSTICE BRAY.

(Friday, September 13.)