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A4e employees found guilty of fraud and forgery

14/01/2015

Ines Cano-Uribe, Matthew Hannigan-Train and Hayley Wilson have today been found guilty of conspiring to make false instruments on the Inspire to Aspire contract to cover up fraudulent claims. Ines Cano-Uribe, a contract manager, was also found guilty with administrator Zabar Khalil of a separate count of forgery. In addition, six defendants pleaded guilty before the trial to 48 counts of forgery and related conspiracy offences.

They will be sentenced on 30 March 2015 at Reading Crown Court.

Lisa Rose, specialist fraud prosecutor at the CPS said: "This scheme involved blatant deception on behalf of the defendants. Instead of helping people back into work, the defendants created false clients and false paper trails for future audits. This criminal abuse of their position and responsibility was simply to boost the company's performance and increase the amount of money it received.

"The defendants claimed A4e had helped find jobs for people who were in fact already employed, people who had never come to A4e for help, and even for some A4e colleagues who had not even used the scheme to join the company.

"For an organisation with such aspirational aims and goals, it is very disappointing that the defendants behaved so dishonestly. Instead of spending time helping those who genuinely needed to find work these defendants were tirelessly covering their tracks, not to mention causing considerable losses to the public purse."

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