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Facilities manager sentenced for invoice fraud, diverting cash to family businesses

Thursday 17th August, 2017

A facilities manager is facing four years in prison after he filed fake invoices in favour of businesses owned by members of his family.

He was employed as a facilities manager at Belron International, a leading vehicle glass repair firm based in Egham, Surrey. As part of his role he negotiated contracts, arranged for work to be carried out across the site and authorised payments.

An internal audit at Belron found discrepancies with many of the contracts he had awarded. Between 2011 and 2013 he settled invoices for non-existent work to companies owned by his wife, mother and brother-in-law (also found guilty), and falsified expense claims, equipment sales and receipts.

In total he was responsible for fraud worth £262,719.

During the investigation it emerged that his brother, who worked as a senior project manager for the Metropolitan Police was also involved in fraud. He committed fraud against his employer by splitting larger contracts to bring them below the threshold so that he was able to award.

He authorised salary payments to a temp worker who was employed outside of the agreed system. Following an investigation by MOPAC (Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime) his fraud was valued at £126,621, much of which was paid into accounts controlled by family members.

Detective Inspector Matt Durkin, head of the Financial Investigation Unit at Surrey Police said: “This was a very complex case, which took a substantial amount of time and effort to unravel. I am pleased that the judge praised the high quality of the investigating officers we have at Surrey Police.”

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