This is the third issue running that I'm reporting on alleged crooked drivers working for a chilled food supplier. The police are now involved in this matter so I'm also hoping for more feedback.
Matt Wetton, who trades in Chelmsford in Essex, was the first to open this particular can of worms with accusations of drivers forging staff signatures on paid-on-delivery notes, then creaming off goods that were not actually delivered and selling them to other retailers for cash.
"To date my loss is not just my margin of £6,700 (half my working capital), but my consequential losses, which are far higher," he says.
"What's annoying me even more is that on paper for 2006/2007 I made a profit so I have to pay corporation tax, but because my margin has been stolen and my cash flow is missing, I'll struggle to find the money to pay the tax."
Matt is in dialogue with his supplier and also with Essex police.
Matt's story was followed by a similar one, this time from John Greenwood, who trades in Hull. And now I have been contacted by Michael Orchard, who operates in Somerset. He too names the same company and suggests the practice is widespread.
I take his point - the three retailers are in completely different locations around the country. But I suspect, too, that drivers for other companies will do the same, seeing it as an easy way to augment their income. If a system is so open to abuse, then it needs changing.
Meanwhile, all you hard-pressed retailers will have to find the time to check all your deliveries and invoices carefully; and do please get in touch if you have more evidence for Matt, who says that if his wholesaler continues to refuse to supply him with the last two years' worth of paid-on-delivery notes, so that he can compare signatures, he will sue and take his chances in court.