Reposted from Morning Star on line
Fraud convictions handed down to four former employees of disgraced back-to-work recruiter A4E have illustrated the abject failure of coalition workfare schemes, campaigners said yesterday.
A4E claimed £1.3 million from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) for its Aspire to Inspire lone parent mentoring programme between 2008 and 2010.
While this money was not directly received by the employees, many of them were given bonuses for each person they helped into work or for meeting targets.
However documents apparently signed by candidates and employers to show successful job outcomes were, in fact, produced and signed by staff.
The fraud was exposed following a report by a whistleblower, which led to a DWP and Thames Valley Police investigation.
At Reading Crown Court on Wednesday Ines Cano-Uribe, 38, of Madrid; Zabar Khalil, 35, of Dolphin Road, Slough; Matthew Hannigan-Train, 30, of Westacre Close, Bristol, and…
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