Couple convicted for defrauding Access to Work
|Recently the Daily Mail published an article on “A couple have been convicted of a £1million fraud which included claiming for work helping deaf people while they were actually on holiday in Dubai.”
The couple, who are from Derbyshire, were also caught out trying to avoid almost £700,000 in tax owed to Revenue and Customs whilst over-charging the taxpayer by £400,000 for work as sign language interpreters for deaf people in work.
Together they ran Angel Interpreting and BSL Talking Hands which carried out work for the Department for Work and Pensions.
The BDA made a formal statement about the incident which can be found online which includes this statement “As with any fraud the BDA strongly condemns this action and it’s regretting that few tarnish the majority. Sign language interpreters are highly skilled and offer the Deaf community the means by which they can achieve their potential in employment.”
Philip Gerrard, CEO of Deaf Direct commented further on this saying “Access to Work is valuable and well used by the majority. This occurrence reinforces the importance of using reputable agencies to reduce the probability of this happening.