Former finance boss at Leeds Theatre jailed for five years


Peter Alp, former Head of Finance at Leeds Grand has today (27 October) been jailed for five years for defrauding the theatre of over £178,000. His co-defendant Dean Oates was jailed for one year and four months.

Andrew Penhale, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said:

"This was a a calculated conspiracy to defraud the Leeds Grand Theatre, a registered charity, by submitting 54 fraudulent invoices between 2011 and 2013, resulted in a loss of over £178,000.

"Peter Alp abused his position of considerable trust and responsibility, as Head of Finance at the Theatre, personally inputting the vast majority of the invoices before he authorised them, in order to bypass established auditing safeguards. He has maintained his denial of responsibility throughout the trial, even after his co-accused, Dean Oates, admitted receiving the fraudulently obtained monies and gave evidence that Mr Alp had recruited him for this purpose.

"The CPS will now seek to recover from Mr Alp and his co-accused, the benefit of their criminal conduct and, if possible, to secure compensation for the Leeds Grand."