Wednesday 8th January, 2020
A manager in the Ministry of Justice’s commercial and financial control sector who stole more than £1.7 million from his employer to support a luxury style, has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.
The Grade 7 civil servant with a pay band of between £50,000-£60,000 a year masterminded a sophisticated fraud by setting up payments to a fake company over two years.
He used the money to buy two Audi cars and a five-bedroom manor house with 1.1 acres in Hampshire, moving from a three bed semi in Essex that he had before.
In July 2017, he created a £7 million purchase order for an IT services contract from “Sopra Business Consulting” and set up a monthly payment to it. The firm was fake and the money was transferred from the company’s bank to his personal account.
The fraud came to light in July 2019 when a junior civil servant became suspicious of a transaction.
He had transferred almost £1.4 million of MoJ funds to himself and £400,000 was in the fake firm’s account when the police investigated.
A MoJ spokeswoman said Williams “used his knowledge of our controls to circumvent them”, adding: “We have since carried out a further review to ensure it would be even harder to commit such an offence.”
The MoJ said in the newspaper article it has now recovered £900,000 and is pursuing the remaining amount.