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Nine charged over A4E fraud

27/09/2013

Sue Patten, Head of Fraud at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Following an investigation by the Thames Valley Police Economic Crime Unit, the CPS has authorised charges against six women and three men in connection with alleged fraudulent activity at Action 4 Employment (A4E), a social purpose company contracted by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to deliver the 'Inspire to Aspire' employment and training scheme.

"It is alleged that between February 2009 and February 2013 nine A4E employees including one contract manager, seven recruiters and an administrator, employed across three A4E offices in the South East of England, committed numerous offences of fraud. It is alleged that they forged documentation to support fraudulent claims to the DWP for reward payments which, under the terms of the contract, were paid out when the scheme successfully placed individuals in employment. It is alleged that many of the reward payments related either to people who never attended A4E or to clients whom A4E had not successfully placed in employment. The contract was to deliver motivation and training and to assist people to find employment.

"The nine individuals are charged with a total of 60 offences, including conspiracy to defraud, multiple counts of forgery, and making and possessing articles for use in fraud.

"This decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. We have determined that there is a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.

"All individuals will appear before Slough Magistrates' Court on 14 October 2013.

"All individuals are now the subject of criminal proceedings and have the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

Full Charges:

Ines Cano-Uribe (Contract Manager) - Charged with one count of forgery contrary to section 1 Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981 and one count of conspiracy to defraud contrary to Common Law.

Zabar Khalil (Administrator) - Charged with five counts of forgery contrary to section 1 Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981 and one count of conspiracy to defraud contrary to Common Law.

Charles McDonald (Recruiter) - Charged with seven counts of forgery contrary to section 1 Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981, two counts of making articles for use in fraud contrary to section 7(1)(a) of the Fraud Act 2006 and one count of possessing articles for use in fraud contrary to section 6(1) of the Fraud Act 2006.

Nikki Foster (Recruiter) - Charged with ten counts of forgery contrary to section 1 Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981.

Julie Grimes (Recruiter) - Charged with ten counts of forgery contrary to section 1 Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981.

Aditi Singh (Recruiter) - Charged with three counts of forgery contrary to section 1 Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981 and one count of possessing articles for use in fraud contrary to section 6(1) of the Fraud Act 2006.

Bindiya Dholiwar (Recruiter) - Charged with seven counts of forgery contrary to section 1 Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981.

Dean Lloyd (Recruiter) - Charged with thirteen counts of forgery contrary to section 1 Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981.

Yasmin Ahmad (Recruiter) - Charged with two counts of forgery contrary to section 1 Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981.

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Notes to Editors

  1. For media enquiries call the CPS Press Office on 020 3357 0906; Out of Hours Pager 07699 781 926
  2. The CPS consists of 13 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). In addition, there are four national casework divisions: Central Fraud, Welfare Rural & Health, Special Crime & Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime. A 'virtual' 14th Area is CPS Direct which provides charging decisions to all police forces and other investigators across England and Wales - it operates twenty-four hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
  3. At 31 March 2013 we employed a workforce of approximately 6840 staff (full time equivalent), including around 2350 prosecutors and 4110 caseworkers and administrators. Further information can be found on our website:  www.cps.gov.uk.
  4. The CPS, together with ACPO and media representatives, has developed a Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media. This sets out the type of prosecution material that will normally be released, or considered for release, together with the factors we will take into account when considering requests. Read the Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media.