Seized art from Northamptonshire fraud to be auctioned
Seized collectables including an original animation frame from The Simpsons are to be auctioned to recoup some of the £2.4m taken by a fraudster.
Stephen Jellis, of Greens Norton, Northamptonshire, is serving five years and eight months after admitting fraud and money laundering in March 2017.
He used company credit cards to buy art and antiques from auction houses such as Christies and Sotheby's.
It is hoped the September auction will raise £1.2m for two firms he defrauded.
The former accountant siphoned off at least £2.4m from Daventry-based Rofin Baasel and its sister company ES Technology Ltd, between August 2004 and September 2015.
Jellis, 53, the firms' financial controller, had been paying company cheques to himself and writing business-related payments on the cheque stubs.
He overpaid his own salary and arranged tickets for colleagues for events at venues like Wembley - having paid for them out of company funds - before taking money from them.
Items including Victorian-era paintings, first-edition novels and original art from the likes of Scooby Doo and Winnie-the-Pooh were seized by the police.
A confiscation hearing before a judge earlier this year granted Northamptonshire Police the right to sell the seized assets.
Auctioneer Will Gilding said it was an "eclectic collection".
Graham Cheatley from Northamptonshire Police said the fraud paid "for a lavish lifestyle and to amass a collection of valuable art and antiques".
"This was nothing but greed," he added.