Nine A4e employees charge with fraud offences

Fri, 27/09/2013 - 12:48 -- nick

Nine employees of under-fire employment services company A4e have been charged with fraud after allegedly faking evidence of jobs to get payments from the public purse.

The "numerous" offences were alleged to have taken place over four years between 2009 and 2013.

The company holds multiple government contracts including under the government's flagship Work Programme, but the court case relates to the "Inspire to Aspire" employment and training scheme.

The A4e employees are being charged with a total of 60 offences incuding conspiracy to defraud, multiple counts of forgery and making and possessing articles for use in fraud following an investigation by Thames Valley Police.

As with the Work Programme, "Inspire to Aspire" paid A4e each time one of their clients got a job.

Payments were made when evidence was presented that this had happened, and it is alleged that this evidence was falsified.

Sue Patten, head of fraud at the Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"It is alleged that between February 2009 and February 2013, nine A4e employees, including one contract manager, seven recruiters and an administrator, employed across three A4E offices in the south-east of England, committed numerous offences of fraud."

She continued:

"It is alleged that many of the reward payments related either to people who never attended A4e, or to clients whom A4e had not successfully placed in employment.

"The contract was to deliver motivation and training and to assist people to find employment."

This is the second major setback for A4e this week, having been found guilty of racial discrimination by an employment tribunal on Monday.

The company dismissed Rohim Ullah from its Bradford office in 2011 for failing to follow proper procedures, while two white managers accused of the same thing were kept on.

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