Hampshire civic chiefs could seek return of defrauded money in Osborne School swindle

Romsey Advertiser: Hampshire civic chiefs could seek return of defrauded money in Osborne School swindle Hampshire civic chiefs could seek return of defrauded money in Osborne School swindle

HAMPSHIRE civic chiefs are considering taking action to rake back money defrauded by a dishonest school bursar.

Linda Whittaker, the bursar of a Winchester special needs school, received an 18-month jail suspended sentence for swindling £18,000 out of Hampshire County Council in faked overtime claims.

Last week the city crown court saw Whittaker sob and clutch a tissue to her face when told she had been “rumbled” for dishonestly submitting timesheets for her friend Patricia Hickman at Osborne School between 2008 and 2010.

Judge Jane Miller QC told her: “Together you manipulated the system. The claims were put in in an underhand manner,” she said. “I have doubts that the work was ever worked by her. There should have been a second person in the dock with you.”

The court heard how Ms Hickman is not being pursued by Hampshire County Council for the £18,000 that she received as a result of the fraud.

But a Hampshire County Council spokesperson later said: “Following Mrs Whittaker’s conviction on the charges relating to pay claims for Mrs Hickman, Hampshire County Council is considering options for the recovery of fraudulent payments made. Mrs Hickman left her employment at Osborne School for reasons unrelated to the case.”

Whittaker, 65, of Lovedon Lane, Kings Worthy, was acquitted of fraudulently claiming £54,000 in overtime payments for herself.

Osborne School, off Andover Road, declined to comment on the case.

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10:40am Thu 1 May 14

Yves1977 says...

Does Mrs Hickman have anything to say?
Why wasn't she prosecuted?
Does Mrs Hickman have anything to say? Why wasn't she prosecuted? Yves1977
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12:36pm Thu 1 May 14

lonelygirluk says...

She should be made to pay back the money, why should she get away with it this its fraud. If anyone else were to do this they would be made to pay the money back so where is the justice in that????
She should be made to pay back the money, why should she get away with it this its fraud. If anyone else were to do this they would be made to pay the money back so where is the justice in that???? lonelygirluk
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