City firm cleaning manager jailed for bankroll leave fraud

Hoover Yasno-Moreno (handout)

A cleaning manager at Blackrock City headquarters who staged a fake £170,000 overtime scam to fund his furlough has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Hoover Yasno-Moreno, 36, abused his position to change bank details in Facilicom Cleaning Services Ltd’s payroll system and funnel money into his own account.

Yasno-Moreno fabricated overtime claims to maximize his scam’s profits and employed a number of associates to try to hide the fraudulent payments.

City of London Police said Yasno-Moreno, formerly of Camberwell in south-east London, used the money to pay for a house he wanted to buy in Colombia and a number of holidays abroad.

He was sentenced to three years in prison at Inner London Crown Court on Tuesday after admitting fraud and two allegations of money laundering.

“Yasno-Moreno had access to systems that allowed him to change payroll details for individual employees, and he did so on many occasions without those people realizing until they had not received their pay,” said Detective Constable John Quayle .

“To put it simply, Yasno-Moreno was greedy and thought he could get away with pocketing thousands of pounds. But he was caught and will now pay for his greed with time behind bars.”

The scam took place between 2017 and 2018 at Blackrock’s UK headquarters on Throgmorton Avenue, where Facilicom operated as a cleaning company.

Yasno-Moreno, a contract manager, was responsible for hiring and overtime claims, and used his position to divert wages into his own bank account.

Fake overtime claims have been filed for both real cleaning company employees and bogus workers.

The scam was uncovered when one of the real workers complained about not being paid and an internal audit uncovered false bank details in the system and excessive overtime claims being made on his behalf.

In total, the data had been manipulated by eight Yasno-Moreno employees.

Julian Giraldo Martinez, 39, of Norwood Road, West Norwood, admitted allowing Yasno-Moreno to use his bank details to make a payment in the scam and was sentenced to a 12-month parole with costs of £200 sentenced.

Cosme Soto Jaramillo, 45, of Millender Walk, South Bermondsey, admitted knowing of four payments made through his account and was sentenced to a 12-month community disposition with 40 hours of unpaid labor and £200 in costs.

John Jairo Diaz Zapata, 41, of Halsmere Road, Camberwell, who was a genuine employee of the cleaning company, admitted money laundering and was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 12 months, with 120 hours of unpaid labor and a £400 cost.

Esefania Toro Arroyave, 30, of Archer Street, Soho, admitted receiving £14,886 through her bank account. She was sentenced to a 12-month community order and £150 in costs.

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