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4 A4E Fraudsters Plead Guilty.

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Four former employees of scandal-hit welfare-to-work firm A4E admitted swindling taxpayers yesterday.

The guilty pleas follow a police investigation into the troubled company which is paid more than £200m by the Government each year.

Julie Grimes, 50, Aditi Singh, 30, Bindiya Dholiwar, 27, and Dean Lloyd, 36, admitted dozens of offences of fraud and forgery.

From the friend of the Dole Queue, The Daily Mail. 

Watching A4E comments,

The Daily Mail reports that the first four ex-A4e staff in the long drawn out fraud case pleaded guilty at court in Reading yesterday.  They admitted a total of 32 offences of fraud and forgery while working on a scheme called Inspire to Aspire, which ended in 2011.  (There’s a fifth person who couldn’t get to the court and will plead guilty later.)  The Mail claims credit for this case, but it was a whistle-blower who brought it all to light, and A4e has always claimed that it was their own audit processes which revealed the fraud, and they notified the police.  However it was revealed, it is embarrassing, to say the least.  Money was claimed for job outcomes which were fictitious.  The fact that this first batch has pleaded guilty means we won’t get to hear the details, but it appears to have involved forging outcome forms or signatures.
Sentencing hasn’t happened yet.  Eight more people are due for trial in October (!) so this drags on.

This is worth a chuckle,

A4e STATEMENT ON THAMES VALLEY POLICE INVESTIGATION – 3 FEBRUARY 2014

Four former A4e employees today (3 February 2014) admitted fraudulent activity at A4e while employed to deliver the European Social Fund (ESF) ‘Aspire to Inspire’ Lone Parent mentoring programme in the Thames Valley region.

Following the guilty pleas at Reading Crown Court today, A4e Chief Executive Andrew Dutton said:

“I am deeply disappointed that a small number of people who formerly worked for A4e on the  ‘Aspire to Inspire’ contract in the Thames Valley up to 2011 clearly let down the people they were supposed to help, and in turn the taxpayer, DWP and A4e.

A4e co-operated fully with the police enquiry, after our own internal investigation first brought these incidents to light.

Since these events took place, we have augmented our controls and processes to seek to ensure that nothing like this could ever happen again. This includes implementing all of the recommendations for improvement made to us by White & Case LLP following their independent review of our core processes.

Furthermore, rigorous audits undertaken by the DWP and the Skills Funding Agency have concluded that there is no evidence of fraud on any of the contracts that we currently hold with them.  A4e has, of course, committed to paying back in full the total value of unsubstantiated claims that were made to the Department for Work and Pensions as a result of the activities of these former employees.

I would also like to say thank you to our 3,000 loyal, hard-working and principled staff who each day deliver public services to the highest standards that help to improve the lives of thousands of the most vulnerable in our society.  I am intensely proud of what they do and deeply sorry that the allegations have for so long cast a shadow over their good work.”

We expect there to be massive increase in fraud when this happens  in April 2014.

Almost one million people will be forced to work unpaid for six months if a new government work scheme is extended across the country, a thinktank has said.

Under the Department for Work and Pensions community action programme (Cap), which has completed a pilot stage and whose rollout is expected to be announced this autumn, people on jobseeker’s allowance for longer than three years must work for six months unpaid or have their benefits stripped from them.

As indicated above, this is not “if” the scheme is introduced but when it is – in a couple of months!

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Written by Andrew Coates

February 5, 2014 at 11:25 am

16 Responses

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  1. Who actually got the money, though? Was it the advisers, or was it A4e, i.e. skanky-bitch-ho Emma?

    jj joop

    February 5, 2014 at 12:20 pm

  2. Naturally not wishing to disappoint, may I advertise this bit of useful information

    Chapter 9 – Financial Procedures (please read the chapter in full)

    http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/wp-cap-9.pdf

    33. In order to support these processes and to comply with Data Protection legislation you will need to ensure that you have the participant’s written, informed consent allowing DWP to contact their employer/s or host organisation/s directly. It is your responsibility to obtain this consent and to determine the optimum time for obtaining it. The participant consent form, which cannot be altered in any way because it contains the appropriate legal wording, can be found at Annex 1 of Chapter 5 of the Generic Provider Guidance – Evidencing / Validating Payments. The declaration should be completed and signed by the participant and kept on file in your premises.

    34. This consent form has been designed to ensure DWP is compliant with DPA requirements for the purpose of contacting employers. This consent form will not entirely cover your responsibilities. Therefore to comply with Data Protection legislation, you must have a participant declaration which gives authority for you to collect process and share participant information. You must ensure that this declaration is included in the participant’s induction pack which should be completed and signed by the participant and kept securely on file by you.

    gaia

    February 5, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    • Does this apply to the forthcoming CAP/CWP that the very long-term unemployed will have to do this year?

      Do you know where I can find the rest of this document, please?

      jj joop

      February 5, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    • WP, MWA, (and CAP and whatever comes next presumably will be no different) – they all require your consent to to farm you out as slave labour. If you do not want to be farmed out as slave labour – DO NOT GIVE YOUR CONSENT!! – it is really that simple. Beware though it easy for these Data Protection Act waiver forms to slip under your radar. All the provider can do then is tell the jobcentre that you have refused to sign/declined to give permission to share your personal information. If you do not want to be farmed out as slave labour – DO NOT SIGN! If you do not want to risk a 3YEAR benefit sanction (under MWA) – DO NOT SIGN! Although with CAP they will still be able to mandate you to daily signing and 35 hour a week ‘jobsearch’! DO NOT SIGN!!

      DO NOT SIGN!!

      February 5, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      • Thanks for the info. I’d rather do a daily sign for six months than be pimped out. I wouldn’t mind so much if they could find you something useful that would help your prospects. But litter picking and cleaning off graffiti; how’s that going to help me? For fuck’s sake!

        jj joop

        February 5, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      • Very true DNS but tread lightly people as providers like the trend of including it within other paperwork so you don’t notice SO READ EVERYTHING VERY CAREFULLY.

        The thing to remember here its not so much DPA as their already exempt in the same way DWP are. The matter revolves around gaining funds in that a second party cant make a declaration for receipt of payment for a third party (ie even though they are getting paid, its as if you applied for it yourself) without your prior consent.

        As for 35 hours a week, if they stick you with a provider or themselves, despite what they tell you, they still need your formal CONSENT as regards excepting cookies no matter who owns the hardware (PC and internet connection).

        http://www.aboutcookies.org/default.aspx?page=3

        ONLY SMARTIES HAVE THE ANSWER.

        gaia

        February 6, 2014 at 10:04 am

  3. Watching A4E (see box at the side) mentions that Fiona Mactaggart MP raised this fraud at PM Questions today.

    Watch out!

    Andrew Coates

    February 5, 2014 at 12:58 pm

  4. Madhouse Economics

    £225,000 is how much it costs per claimant to implement Universal Credit:

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/feb/05/welfare-reform-waste-duncan-smith-universal-credit?CMP=twt_fd

    Ecomaniac

    February 6, 2014 at 10:01 am

    • He didn’t tell the select committee that on monday when he was in front of them, did he?

      Too scared by half!

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      February 6, 2014 at 5:21 pm

  5. Are any of the A4e culprits managers? I ask this because the advisors would have been under the threat of “get those boxes ticked or we find someone else to fill your job” type of pressure. Plenty of people will cave in to threats such as this from bosses, not everyone can stand up to it.

    That isn’t an excuse for what they did, but I would like to see the managers who clearly set the culture for fraud, get their comeuppance too.

    Lucy

    February 6, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    • Probably not, Lucy, it is usually the smaller fry further down the chain that takes the rap. It happens in all criminal cases – as a member of the Legal profession I witness it on a daily basis. For obvious reasons I can’t go into specific cases but for example: “I was out of the country when the junior employee was cooking the books”. But it is not what people are saying it is what they are NOT saying: “Oh, and I ordered the junior employee to cook the books.” And as a consequence the actual perpetrators get off scot free whilst those who have been threatened, manipulated and coerced in some way carry the can all the way to prison. It is all about “keeping your hands clean” and letting someone do the “dirty work”. Saying that I have no personal experience of these sort of companies but going by what I have heard they are scumbags of the lowest order and are not averse to threatening, manipulating and coercing their victims, something that these ex-employees will have no doubt been party to, and as such I won’t be losing too much as they receive their just deserts – in all honestly, they deserve what is coming to them just for taking a position with these low-life companies, there can be no excuse, no excuse! And let’s face it the managers and the heads of these organisations are very rarely if ever brought to book so we will just have to made do an obtain as much satisfaction from what little has been secured as fitting retribution against this particularly evil organisation.

      J Kavanagh QC

      February 6, 2014 at 2:17 pm

  6. gaia :
    SORRY FOR THE DELAY JJ JOOP
    http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.dwp.gov.uk/supplying-dwp/what-we-buy/welfare-to-work-services/provider-guidance/community-action-programme.shtml
    I actually sourced this from an internal link within Mr coates very post. Its mostly archived but still retrievable from the link provided.
    Oh and it relates to CAP itself.

    Thanks for that gaia. You are a star!!!

    jj joop

    February 6, 2014 at 1:09 pm

  7. “Universal Credit benefit sanctions to last indefinitely, not just 3 years”

    http://refuted.org.uk/2014/01/27/ucbenefitsanctions/

    Annos

    February 6, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    • And that’s not all as anyone working or not, claiming any of the for mentioned;

      Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
      Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
      Income Support
      Child Tax Credits
      Working Tax Credits
      Housing Benefit

      Will all be eligible to be SANCTIONED, that’s right my working class colleagues, have your credits and housing removed. Its kind of funny that you get WTC for being a low earner yet can have it taken away because your a low earner (ie not enough pay per hour or not enough hours), now is that self defeating or what ?

      You see the working class fell right into IDS’s cunning trap, while they were busy doing IDS’s lip service, they failed to notice him drawing up the drawbridge to the very benefits they by majority draw from like child tax and working tax credit.

      And theirs so much more in store people, so very much.

      gaia

      February 6, 2014 at 5:29 pm


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