The former Danish director of Gate Gourmet, Amanda Jacobsen, is to stand trial for forgery and embezzlement to the tune of DKK138million (EUR18.5million), according to the Special Prosecutor for Serious Economic Crime (SØK).
The offences were carried out between 2008 and 2011 while Jacobsen was CEO of Gate Gourmet’s Danish division. Gate Gourmet, which is Switzerland-based, is the world’s largest independent provider of airline catering and services.
“This is an unusual case because of the amount of money involved, but I expect a short court case as a result of Amanda Jacobsen’s cooperation,” Public Prosecutor Jens Madsen says.
According to the report, Jacobsen transferred company funds to her own account or drew company funds to be used on luxury items for herself – among other things housing, cars, jewellery and art.
Following the discovery of the fraudulent dealings, Jacobsen has cooperated with both SØK and Gate Gourmet in investigations to determine the extent of the embezzlement.
Investigations continue in Switzerland following Jacobsen’s information that another former senior executive of Gate Gourmet was also a beneficiary in the case, among other issues in receiving payment for private travel.
It is not yet clear when the court case is to start at the Copenhagen Municipal Court.
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Edited by Julian Isherwood