After getting a lucrative job as a civil servant and providing a reference to the name of the famous Assassin’s Creed video The game’s heroine Layla Hassan, a fraudster, allegedly stole $25,000 in salary.
In her spare time, 32-year-old Angelica Stoichkov has worked as a policy and communications officer for the General Board of Chiropractic and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
She was reportedly absent from work at the GCC due to an eye condition which she claims prevented her from using computer screens, according to testimony at Southwark Crown Court.
Ms Stoichkov was however exposed when her employers learned through her LinkedIn profile that she was employed by DEFRA.
When the Bulgarian was hired by the corporate department in January 2021, she received a salary of over £25,000.
DEFRA policy advisers can earn between £27,777 and £55,299 a year in pay.
Further review by DEFRA’s Professional Standards Unit revealed that Stoichkov gave a reference in the form of Layla Hassan, a well-known character from the Assassin’s Creed video game series.
Saying the offense was ‘extremely serious’, the judge, Miss Recorder Maryam Syed, added: ‘I have to choose the best approach to punish her adequately and give a deterrent signal to the public.’
As the court said, “You have now lost your former good character because you now have a conviction for a misdemeanor of dishonesty and fraud,” sobbed Stoichkov, who was dressed in a white suit.
This will impact your ability to get a job and continue your education. You are responsible for this, as you know.
“In my opinion, this is not an opportunistic decision. This required a certain degree of planning.
There is a part of you that wants to fund specific things and wants to do more and perform better at your job.
There was undoubtedly an element of self-interest in your actions.
I can tell you are upset and find this quite upsetting.
“What you did was extremely wrong and dishonest. I am imposing a strict community order as a direct substitute for custody in order to address public concerns. Your punishment is part of a criminal sentence.
You are a smart young woman, you are a young woman, and what you did was very serious.
But I’m offering you a chance to change course. Go and use your potential; you have it.
Stoichkov, a resident of Islington in north London, is guilty of fraud by false representation.
She was given a two-year community service order that required her to perform 100 hours of unpaid work as well as an additional 30 days of rehabilitative activity.
Additionally, Stoichkov is under a three-month electronic surveillance curfew at his home from 10:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Because the GCC had already successfully resolved a civil suit against her, no restitution or forfeiture order was issued.