FRAUD­STERS HID SPEND­ING FROM GOV­ER­NORS, DE­PRIV­ING PUPILS OF TRIPS

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Cur­rent head of Phoenix Pri­mary School, James Tib­bles, said that the two fraud­sters let pupils down and robbed them of op­por­tu­ni­ties, such as school trips and new mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, be­cause the money wasn’t avail­able.

He said this week: “Yvonne Puck­nell and Rob Ju­niper col­luded with each other and hid their spend­ing from the school and its gov­er­nors.

“As soon as Frances Na­tion iden­ti­fied the un­usual spend­ing she re­ferred her con­cerns to Kent County Coun­cil and, shortly there­after, Kent Po­lice.

“The school has fully sup­ported and co-op­er­ated with both an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Kent Po­lice and we are glad this is­sue is now be­hind us and that we can move for­ward.

“Rob Ju­niper has al­ready re­paid the money he has stolen and the school will be re­paid the money stolen by Yvonne Puck­nell.

“Since the dis­crep­an­cies were no­ticed fi­nan­cial con­trols at the school have been tight­ened, the school’s credit cards are now closely mon­i­tored and, along with strong gov­er­nance, this guar­an­tees all monies are spent for the ben­e­fit of the chil­dren.”

Cur­rent head teacher, James Tib­bles

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