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Lincolnshire brothers claimed thousands of pounds in false wages

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 04, 2012

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A judge warned two brothers to expect jail after they pleaded guilty to claiming thousands of pounds in false wages from a civil engineering firm.

Sean Sullivan, 46, of Adelaide Close, Waddington, and Paul Sullivan, 41, of Salisbury Close, Saxilby, each admitted a charge of obtaining property by deception.

The pair had claimed £155,452 from Balfour Beatty between November 2005 and October 2009.

Mark Knowles, defending Paul Sullivan, said his client had pleaded guilty to claiming a sum of £64,319.

Sean Sullivan also admitted three further fraud charges on different dates between November 2009 and March 2011.

Judge Sean Morris agreed to grant both men bail for the preparation of a probation report after they entered their guilty pleas at Lincoln Crown Court.

But Judge Morris warned them: "These are very serious matters. On the face of it the only outcome is custody so you have some time to get your houses in order."

The two men will be sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  September 04 2012, 8:26PM

    Couldn't agree more, on the day David Laws returned to the cabinet. Children are now offered the shining example of an education minister who falsely claimed £40,000 in rent he paid to his partner. He used homophobia as his justification, despite the fact that the Telegraph article that exposed the scam did not mention his sexuality. His suggestion, then, was that he was forced to claim rent allowances he did not need so that nobody would speculate about his private life. For his crookery, he resigned from the cabinet but has continued to claim an MPs salary for the two years of his 'punishment'. The sooner parliamentarians are subject to powers of recall by the electorate the better. Incidentally, his partner is a political lobbyist. No conflict of interest there then.

  • Roadscource  |  September 04 2012, 1:05PM

    "But Judge Morris warned them: These are very serious matters." Well its a shame Judge Morris wasnt drafted in to preside over the MP expenses fraud !

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