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Former CEO and colleagues on trial for £460,000 fraud

Tuesday 28th November, 2017

The ex-chief executive of a training provider and her former colleagues are on trial for allegedly defrauding a college and a charity out of almost £460,000.

Along with the chief executive her ex colleagues, a compliance manager and an assessor also stand accused of fraud by false representation against Sunderland College between July 2014 and December 2015. A trial is set for 14th December 2017.

As reported by the Sunderland Echo, it is understood the charges relate to their roles at Team Wearside, a training provider and charity based in Sunderland.

It is alleged that the trio, who appeared before Magistrates in the summer, “dishonestly and intending thereby to make a gain for themselves or another” made representations to Sunderland College through invoices for a total of £304,858, “which was and which they knew was untrue”.

The ex CEO along with one colleague are also accused of defrauding an independent training provider Springboard Sunderland Trust. They are alleged to have made false invoices to Springboard of £154,674.01 in total.

According to the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s recent list of subcontractors, Team Wearside’s subcontract for Springboard Sunderland was worth £182,000, while its subcontract for Sunderland College was worth a much smaller amount of £29,146.

However, both organisation no longer use them as a supplier.