Fake accountant convicted of multiple fraud charges
Man cheated his way into job at film and television school racking up £15k expenses
A FRAUDSTER who claimed to be a qualified accountant to bag himself a job at the National Film and Television School has been found guilty of a raft of fraud and theft charges.
Harvey Pearce, 49, was convicted at Aylesbury Crown Court on Tuesday of five counts of fraud by abuse of position, two counts of fraud by false representation and one count of theft by employee.
In 2010, Pearce, of Willow End, Didcot, Oxfordshire, falsely represented he was a qualified accountant to get a job as a finance manager at the school in Beaconsfield, but was released from employment in September 2013 after concerns were raised about his work.
The school then conducted an internal investigation which identified a number of fraudulent transactions.
Pearce had fraudulently paid himself expenses of almost £15k, had used his school credit card to pay for personal items and union membership, had bought two iPads on the school account, had overpaid himself more than £4k and not deducted pension contributions from his salary.
In 2014 he applied for a job as finance manager at Diamond Light Source in Didcot, where he again claimed to be a qualified accountant and worked at the company from June 2014 until the time of his arrest in September 2014.
Pearce pleaded guilty to earning almost £155k after obtaining both jobs by false representation and to obtaining more than £24k from the National Film and Television School by fraud and theft.
Investigating officer, Det Con Katie Taylor of the Economic Crime Unit said: “This investigation uncovered deceit and fraud against two local employers.
“Harvey Pearce lied to obtain positions with them. He then betrayed the trust placed in him and abused his position to benefit himself.
“This has been a long and complex investigation and I trust that the conviction not only reassures our communities but also sends a message out that crime will not pay in the Thames Valley.”
Pearce is set to be sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court on June 7.