Daniel White and Lee Egan successfully prosecuted two fraudsters who set up companies that falsely claimed over £400k for providing services to deaf people.
The jury at Derby Crown Court found Angela Poole guilty of conspiracy to defraud and cheating the public revenue. The other defendant, George Taylor, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing. Both defendants were sentenced to four years imprisonment.
Daniel White told the jury that the defendants set up companies that falsely claimed payments for providing services under the ‘Access to Work Scheme’ which was designed to provide support to people with long-term disabilities. However, the defendants billed for providing interpreting services to the same clients at the same time, as well as for services provided when the defendants were away on holiday in Dubai. Other claims were made for providing services to deaf people who were out of the country.
During the six week trial, the court heard evidence from a number of deaf witnesses who described the bullying and pressure tactics of both defendants.
The offending came to light because of an investigation into the personal tax affairs of both defendants, which showed that they had evaded paying income tax.
Following the conviction, the prosecution launched confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act to try to recoup some of the money.