The team of con artists sent bills to Castle College worth a total of £475,391 for fake training courses which people never attended. The bills were paid using Government money.Bzzzzz! Wrong!
The bills were paid using our money. Taxpayer money.
Six members of the conspiracy were jailed at Nottingham Crown Court while two received suspended sentences.Which, if anyone was using any sort of system to prevent fraud at all, wouldn’t have worked.
Kay Edwards, 45, of Heathery Drive, Forest Town, used her job as an administrator at Castle College to provide Birkenhead-based Training Options UK Ltd with details of people who had previously completed courses at the college, which is based in Maid Marian Way and Beeston.
The details were then used by her conspirators to complete false work books, assessments and feedback forms and to submit false invoices.
But hey, it’s only taxpayer money, right?
The cash came from the Learning Skills Council, funded by the Government.NO! Funded by US!
Judge Michael Stokes QC said: "I have to sentence you eight for what has rightly been described as a sophisticated and prolonged fraud. It is a particularly aggravating feature of this case that the ultimate victims of this fraud are the taxpayer.So why aren’t THEY in the dock too..?
"There is no doubt in my mind that this fraud couldn't have taken place had Castle College and the other college in Warwickshire had proper systems for monitoring teaching that was carried out by independent contractors."