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Ex-trading standards staff guilty of false accounting

Three former South Yorkshire Trading Standards Unit aided false invoice scam to boost profits

Three men have been found guilty of false accounting at a South Yorkshire
Trading Standards unit.

Paul Liggins of Northampton, David Abbott of Sheffield, William Whitehead of
Chesterfield were given suspended sentences and ordered to repay tens of
thousands of pounds, to be returned to Sheffield City Council as compensation.

The false accounting was discovered dafter the death og the unit’s head,
Michael Buckley, in 2005 revealed he had created false invoices to make it
appear more profitable than it was.

The three defendants colluded with Buckley by supplying false invoices for
the purchase of calibration machinery.

The unit was closed in 2006 with the loss of 24 jobs.

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