Four more accused in new A4e Aspire to Inspire fraud allegations

Four more people have been charged over fraud allegations at welfare-to-work provider A4e.

It brings the total number of accused to 13, including a former administrator and seven former recruiters who were employed across three A4E offices in South East England.

It is alleged that they forged documentation to support fraudulent claims to the Department for Work and Pensions for reward payments, under the Aspire to Inspire programme, which ended in July 2011.

The new charges relate to allegations against quality co-ordinator Sarah Hawkins, operations manager Serge Wyett, team leader Matthew Hannigan Train and recruiter Hayley Wilson.

They are each charged with one count of conspiracy to make false instruments contrary to section 1(1A) of the Criminal Law Act 1977.

Hawkins, aged 31, of Bagshot, Surrey; Wyett, 39, of Richmond, Surrey; Hannigan-Train, 29, of Bristol, Wilson, 25, of Springfield in Milton Keynes; are due before Slough Magistrates’ Court on January 6.

Former A4E contract manager Ines Cano-Uribe, 37, of Madrid, Spain, also faces the charge and is due at court.

She was one of nine already charged in September, accused of numerous offences, including conspiracy to defraud and forgery.

Cano-Uribe has been bailed in connection with the earlier charges — one of forgery and one of conspiracy to defraud — to appear at Reading Crown Court on February 3 along with former administrator Zabar Khalil, 34, of Dolphin Road, Slough, who was charged with five counts of forgery and one count of conspiracy to defraud.

The remaining seven defendants were due at Reading Crown Court on Friday (December 13).

Charles McDonald, recruiter, 43, of Derwent Road, Egham, has been charged with seven counts of forgery, one count of possessing an article for use in fraud and two counts of making articles for use in fraud.

Nikki Foster, recruiter, 30, of High Tree Drive, Reading, was charged with 10 counts of forgery.

Julie Grimes, recruiter, 50, of Monks Way, Staines, was charged with 10 counts of forgery.

Aditi Singh, recruiter, 30, of Elmshott Lane, Slough, was charged with three counts of forgery and one count of possession of an article for use in fraud.

Bindiya Dholiwar, recruiter, 27, of Reddington Drive, Slough, was charged with seven counts of forgery.

Dean Lloyd, recruiter, 36, of Rochfords, Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes, was charged with 13 counts of forgery.

Yasmin Ahmad, recruiter, 38, of Colchester Road, Southend on Sea, was charged with two counts of forgery.

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