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Community Service And Fines For Fraudsters In £70,000 Scam

Wednesday March 13 2013

A PAIR of fraudsters have been fined and sentenced to community service for their roles in a £70,000 scam of Barnsley Council.

John Gregory and Dale Priestley pleaded guilty to making fraudulent claims from the council between 2007 and 2010.

Katherine Robinson, prosecuting, said the duo, who were also given 12-month community orders, were among a group of about 20 men to receive cheques from Brett Sanderson, an employee in the council's insurance department.

Sheffield Crown Court heard the men would cash the cheques, which ranged in value from £1,200 to £1,600, and hand almost all of the money back to Sanderson - apart from a small fee of between £50 and £200.

Heroin-user Sanderson, described as a 'devious' fraudster by Judge Robert Moore, was jailed for 15 months last year for his offences.

Gregory, 32, of Thurnscoe, was fined £620 and given 30 hours of unpaid work, while Priestley, 33, of Goldthorpe, was ordered to pay £800 and undertake 60 hours of unpaid work.

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Reply Posted by Jay on Wednesday March 13 2013 at 10:29
OMG how much an hour will that community work cost per hour for 70k nearly as much as new park/drinking area near town hall WERE IS THE JOBS for NORMAL working man? Get to grips Barnsley Council/government

Reply Posted by maz on Wednesday March 13 2013 at 10:46
what a joke we all should do it and get away with it

Reply Posted by AHR on Wednesday March 13 2013 at 11:49
Not bad what's that work out at about £700 an hour.

Reply Posted by greg on Wednesday March 13 2013 at 17:22
It wasn't 70k.. People should get their facts correct before commenting on something they know jack s@#t about.

Reply Posted by beth on Thursday March 14 2013 at 10:05
'devious' 'heroine user sanderson' get a grip!

Reply Posted by king louis on Saturday March 16 2013 at 15:23
cashing a cheque for someone is not the most un-traceable of crimes is it? Did they never expect to get caught?

Reply Posted by Penny on Saturday March 16 2013 at 15:56
At least they've been caught & sentenced & not still carrying on stealing!! Always makes me laugh when people comment saying the facts are wrong - unless it was them carrying out the crime, how do they know the facts??!!

Reply Posted by Tracy on Monday March 18 2013 at 17:53
Cashing a cheque for some1 is wrong but untill ya no al details don't judge or coment.papers always make it look worse then it is and tell the story wrong every1 is quick to judge people thinking they r low life's with no jobs but there not they r good people so keep comments to ya self cause u all no nothing of what and how things as happend x

Reply Posted by LV on Thursday March 21 2013 at 18:14
you all realise that on top of the fines, community service and jail time they/he will be billed for the money that was claimed fraudulently.