Man Jailed For Stealing 17 Million Nectar Points

A former Sainsbury’s IT manager has been jailed for 20 months after stealing over £81,000 worth of Nectar points from the supermarket.

James Stevenson was found guilty in December on the charge of stealing 17 million Nectar points from Sainsbury’s and crediting them to his own account.

He accessed the points using his position as a lead analyst programmer at Sainsbury’s head office in Holborn

According to the BBC, the 45 year old from Muswell Hill in London has been sentenced to 20 months, but is set to be released on license after 10. He must also repay the £8,120 he spent on shopping using the points.

Judge Thornton QC said to 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. I am satisfied that the custody threshold is passed," he added.