‘Inspire to Aspire’ jobs worker on fraud charge

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A young city woman employed by a government-funded employment scheme has appeared in court on fraud-related charges.

Hayley Wilson, 26, was a recruiter for Action 4 Employment, which receives £200,000 from the government to get people off benefits and into jobs.

She is one of four people charged with conspiracy to make false documents while working for A4e. The documents are alleged to include identification checklists, progress reviews and activity logs to present to auditors from the Department of Work and Pensions.

Ms Wilson, who lives in Middlesex Drive, Bletchley, was one of four former A4e workers appearing before Slough magistrates on Monday to be committed to Reading Crown Court.

In September last year nine more employees from the scheme were charged with a total of 60 offences including conspiracy to defraud and multiple counts of forgery.

Ms Wilson was employed by A4e as a recruiter. In court she spoke only to confirm her name and address and was released on unconditional bail.

The Sheffield-based employment scheme is owned by David Cameron’s former advisor Emma Harrison. It was contracted by the DWP on its ‘Inspire to Aspire’ employment training programme.

A4e chief executive Andrew Dutton said the charges related to a small group of employees in an historic contract which ended in July 2011.