Frank Curcio received a 33 month custodial sentence at a hearing at Snaresbrook Crown Court on 12 July 2012. He is also subject to an ongoing bankruptcy order.
Both Charfleets and the Council worked together to reveal the full extent of the fraud and have reached an agreement to secure the full reimbursement of any loss of income to the Council.
Councillor Rocky Gill, Barking and Dagenham Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Finance, comments: “Unfortunately from time to time, organisations we work with will be the subject of fraud by their employees.
“In this particular case, once the fraud came to light, all parties worked together constructively to ensure that the individual concerned was brought to justice. The Council and Charfleets are absolutely determined to show that crime such as this does not pay and the perpetrators will be brought to book.
“Anyone who has suspicions of fraud or corruption involving the Council or those it works with should report it, in confidence, to the Council’s Anti-Fraud hotline.”