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Jewson fraud case goes to court

The long-running fraud case involving Jewson’s former sales & marketing director will have its first hearing in court next week.

Jewson fraud case goes to court

Six men have been charged in connection with the alleged £1m fraud at Jewson, which came to light two years ago. They must all appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on July 5 for an initial hearing.

Tony Newman, formerly the sales and marketing director for the builders merchant, is amongst those charged with conspiracy to defraud Jewson, as is another Jewson worker, Kevin Seager.

The Coventry Telegraph names the other men charged in connection with the case as: Phillip Butler, 70, of Rudgeley, Staffs; Stephen West, 50, of Weeleyheath, West Sussex, Robert Keen, 60, of Scayneshill, West Sussex and one other 64 year old man from Norwich.

52-year-old Newman was arrested at Jewson’s headquarters offices in Binley, Coventry in April 2008. Jewson parent company Saint Gobain has a whistle-blower policy and it was this that alerted the company to irregularities in the accounts. After an internal investigation, the police were informed.

The fraud dates back to 2003 and relates to invoices sent between Jewson and other businesses.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

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