06 October 2010
Two convicted of fraud totalling more than £1.2m
James Frauts and Christopher Lynch of Salford-based company Insight - which provided healthcare services to people on the autistic spectrum - have been found guilty of conspiring to defraud Resource Partners PLC.
It was revealed that the pair's offences spanned from May 2002 to July 2004, with the case referred to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) by Greater Manchester Police in October 2005.
An investigation discovered that Insight owed money to suppliers, with both defendants supplying forged invoices to Resource and setting up false accounting papers for services that had not been provided.
Frauts pleaded guilty to fraudulent trading, false accounting and conspiracy to defraud, while Lynch was convicted of conspiracy to defraud, following a two-week trial at Manchester Crown Court.
It comes after a previous SFO investigation saw five men operating in the energy sector charged with conspiracy to corrupt, in relation to engineering contracts with a value of £66 million.
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett