Two men plead guilty following Serious Fraud Office investigation into Luis Michael Training

Two men have pleaded guilty following a Serious Fraud Office investigation into now-defunct provider Luis Michael Training.

Christopher Martin, aged 53, from Newbury, admitted to two counts of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation in court yesterday.

Steven Gooding, 53, from Bridgwater, had pleaded guilty to one count of the same charge at an earlier hearing on March 31 this year.

FE Week can only now reveal this, following the lifting of a reporting restriction on the case.

There will be a trial involving four other men relating to the same Newport provider, which is due to start tomorrow at Southwark Crown Court, and is expected to last three months.

Mark Aizlewood, 57, from Aberdare, who played for Wales 39 times between 1986 and 1994, will sit alongside Keith Williams, 45, from Anglesey, Paul Sugrue, 56, from Cardiff, and Jack Harper, 30, from Southport.

They face charges ranging from conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, to fraud and using a false instrument.

LMT, which went into liquidation in 2011, purported to provide young people with football-based apprenticeship schemes, according to the SFO.

It worked as a subcontractor for eight FE colleges including Sparsholt College and South Thames College.

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