Jail term for man who fabricated invoices in fraud - CORRECTION
Updated 15 July 2017
An earlier version of the below release was issued on 7 July. It has since been found to contain some inaccurate information. Surrey Police apologise for the inaccuracies, and are sorry for any distress or difficulties that these inaccuracies may have caused to the families of the individuals concerned. We request that the media correct their publications where appropriate.
A facilities manager is facing four years in prison after he fraudulently filed fabricated invoices in favour of his family’s firms.
Jason Huggett (42, from Midhurst in Sussex), was employed as a facilities manager by Belron International at their Egham headquarters. As part of his role he would negotiate contracts, arrange for work to be carried out across the site and authorise payments for work.
Guildford Crown Court heard how an internal audit at Belron found discrepancies with many of the contracts he had awarded. Between 2011 and 2013 he settled invoices for non-existent work to companies owned by his wife and mother, paid over the odds for fencing work by his brother-in-law’s ceiling company, and falsified expense claims, equipment sales and receipts. He also manipulated a legitimate business relationship to obtain personal vehicles from a supplier. In total the court found he was responsible for fraud worth £262,719.
During the investigation it emerged that his brother, Adam Huggett (39, from Corfe Mullen in Dorset), who worked as a senior project manager for the Metropolitan Police, was committing fraud against his employer. After consultation with Surrey police it was agreed that the MOPAC’s Directorate of Audit Risk and Assurance (Counter Fraud Team) would take responsibility for the investigation of offences committed against the Metropolitan Police. It was established that Adam Huggett had been splitting larger contracts to bring them below the threshold that he was able to award.
He also authorised salary payments to a “temp” worker who was employed outside of the agreed system. Following a proactive investigation by MOPAC counter fraud team his fraud was valued at £126,621, much of which was paid into accounts controlled by family members. He was imprisoned for two years. The trial judge commended all staff involved in the investigations.
The total value of the fraud across all counts was £327,819. Surrey Police will now pursue Huggett and his family for the money that they have fraudulently obtained through the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Detective Inspector Matt Durkin, head of the Financial Investigation Unit at Surrey Police said: “This was a very complex case, which took a substantial amount of time and effort to unravel. I am pleased that the judge praised the high quality of the investigating officers we have at Surrey Police.”
Following a trial, the defendants were all found guilty on 1 June. On Friday 30 June the defendants were sentenced as follows:
- Jason Huggett (42), was found guilty of six counts of fraud relating to his employment by Belron, and two counts of fraud relating to the Metropolitan Police Service. He received a sentence of four years and 3 months imprisonment.
- Adam Huggett (Jason’s brother) (39), was found guilty of one count of fraud relating to Belron, and three counts of fraud relating to his employment by the Metropolitan Police Service. He received a sentence of two years imprisonment.
- Heather Huggett (Jason’s mother) (62), was found guilty of one count of fraud relating to Belron, and one count of fraud relating to the Metropolitan Police Service. She was sentenced to two years imprisonment suspended for two years.
- Darren Parker (Jason’s brother-in-law) (46), was found guilty of one count of fraud relating to Belron. He was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment suspended for two years.
- Justine Parker (Jason’s sister) (36), was found guilty of one count of fraud relating to Belron. She was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment suspended for 12 months.
- Simone Huggett (Jason’s wife) (42), was found guilty of one count of fraud relating to Belron, and one count of fraud relating to the Metropolitan Police Service. She was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months.
Notes for editors
The total value of the fraud given in the release (£327,819) is the combined value of each of the nine counts of fraud that one or more individuals were found guilty of.
Where multiple individuals are found guilty of the same count it is not appropriate to account for the value of that count multiple times. Since Jason and Adam Huggett were found jointly guilty on three counts of fraud, it is NOT appropriate to combine the values of their frauds.
The original release described the workmanship of the fencing work undertaken as “poor”. This was inaccurate and has been corrected.
The original release outlined a week-long trial. This was inaccurate and has been corrected.