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MH was a senior manager at Great Western Railway and JP was his personal assistant. Over a seven-year period, they were both involved in fraudulently claiming expenses on alcohol from their employer, GWR, by dishonestly concealing the true nature of these expenses.
MH in particular, was responsible for claiming over £10,000 in expenses, including hotel accommodation for him and his wife (a non-employee of GWR), personal items such as dinner suits, social events at Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club, and also a fraudulently awarded payroll amount to another member of staff.
The case arose from a lengthy investigation which started in 2017 following internal complaints at GWR about the conduct of some of the staff.
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