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Former Royal Academy of Music employee jailed for fraud


Steven Newell, former Head of Technology at the Royal Academy of Music, was today sentenced for three counts contrary to section 1 of the Fraud Act 2006. He was jailed for two years and six months.

Deputy Head of Fraud at the Crown Prosecution Service, Andrew Penhale, said: Steven Newell's fraud started before he had even been offered a job at the Academy. In applying for the role of Head of Technology, he lied about having a degree in Business Studies and provided an exemplary reference in an entirely fictitious name.

"Less than a year into his role in 2009, he set up a company with the sole intention of financially defrauding the Royal Academy. Over the following 18 months, he operated that company, as if it was an external contractor, to falsely invoice RAM for IT work that was never completed.

"In doing so, Steven Newell fraudulently secured in excess of £400,000 through over 40 false invoices. He showed complete disregard for a national institution and registered charity and today, the consequences of his actions have caught up with him."


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