Financial fraud charges, estimated to be worth £3.2 million, have been brought against four workers from waste management firm CAW, Barrow by police. The charges follow investigations by police and trading standards in July 2007 into the companys provisions of services to Cumbria County Council between April 2003 and December 2006. The council claimed that the company had defrauded it of £3.2 million, through overcharging on the basis of inflated waste tonnages and related costs (mrw.co.uk July 24 2007). CAWs contract with the council was terminated in January 2007 forcing six sites to close for three days.
A police statement said that the four people charged with an offence of conspiracy to obtain sums of money from the council by deception were: managing director Dave Armer, 57, from Lightburn Road in Ulverston; general manager Donald Andrew Kershaw, 42, from Lightburn Rd in Ulverston; accounts manager Anne Kirkwood, 53, from Saves Lane in Askam-in-Furness; and yard worker Peter Newton, 54, from Mainsgate Road in Millom.
A council spokesman said "Officers from Cumbria County Council's Trading Standards department have been working closely with the police in investigating allegations of fraud by CAW. The council's waste management and audit departments have also provided assistance to the investigation. The matter is now before the courts and we are unable to comment further at this stage."
All four are due to appear at Furness Magistrates Court on Tuesday 19th February 2008.