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Bradford trio convicted of £150,000 fraud on Department for Education

01/08/2016

Sajid Raza, Shabana Hussain and Daud Khan have been found guilty at Leeds Crown Court today of defrauding the Department for Education of £150,000 in connection with setting up a Free School - Kings Science Academy - in Bradford.

Peter Mann, Head of the Complex Casework Unit, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said: "Raza's motive for his crime is clear. He was in considerable financial difficulties as his buy to let business had been running at a considerable loss. He had fraudulently obtained mortgages by stating a grossly inflated salary and on two applications, even claimed to be a consultant surgeon.

"In setting up Kings Science Academy, Raza deliberately set about defrauding the Department for Education of approximately £150,000 by creating false invoices, submitting fraudulent expense claims and paying himself an inflated salary.

Far from being a model school, Raza treated the Academy like a family business, employing his relatives there and, for at least the first 12 months, operating with no proper governance. His co-defendants were also drawn into this criminality. Hussain, Raza's sister, received unlawful payments, and Khan helped to falsify documentation. The defendants treated public money as their own, and when challenged, fabricated documents to cover their tracks.

"We have worked closely with West Yorkshire Police to build a strong prosecution case and it is a testament to the strength of the evidence against them that all three defendants have been convicted today." 

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