A Gloucestershire accountant has been expelled from the profession following a fraud conviction for stealing more than #600,000 from Coopers & Lybrand and several other consultancies. An English ICA tribunal found against Jonathan Ashcroft, 39, of Broadwell, who is serving a 42-month jail sentence handed down at Oxford Crown Court last autumn. The tribunal ordered him to pay costs of #1,022 and said he will not be considered for readmission to the institute for seven years. It found that ‘in a Crown Court the defendant pleaded guilty to an indictment containing five offences of furnishing false information and four offences of obtaining a money transfer by deception’. He was charged with submitting false invoices to the Pera Group worth over #300,000, and stealing hundreds of thousands from Coopers during 1995. The institute’s tribunal heard that he had no previous record of disciplinary complaints and had co-operated with the police. Ashcroft sold his family home and personal belongings to maximise repayment. Tax cheat expelled, page 7.
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