KC Stadium coaches scammed Hull City Council out of £98,000
TWO football coaches ran a £100,000 training scam involving schools and clubs across the region.
Robert Peter Davis, 30, and Paul Alan Carroll, 47, were employed by Hull City Council at the KC Stadium to provide football coaching services to sports clubs, schools and community groups.
But the pair then set up their own company offering the same services and allowed the organisations in both Hull and the East Riding to believe it was part of the council.
Groups and schools paid them fees for running the courses instead of the council.
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The money should have been paid to the council instead of its two employees.
Detective Constable Andy Banks, of Humberside Police's financial investigation unit, said: "The men were employed by the council at the KC Stadium as sports development officers and during that time they ran other businesses on the side, without declaring them to the council, and used their positions to gain extra work.
"They needed a number of coaches to run the services and used council coaches and submitted time sheets to the council. They also ran some in work time.
"These coaching sessions were offered to a number of schools and community groups in Hull and the East Riding.
"A lot of the work was given to them on trust as the schools believed it was the council running the services."
Over a two-year period, the pair defrauded the council out of £98,000.
They have both pleaded guilty at Hull Crown Court to committing fraud while in a position of trust between 2007 and 2009.
Carroll, of Ancaster Avenue, north Hull, was employed by the council as a leisure development manager.
Davis, of Richmond Street, west Hull, was employed as a community football development officer.
Judge Graham Robinson has warned them they could both face jail.
The pair had been invoicing the council for work using companies called Longhill Football Academy and Sporting Spectrum.
A spokesman for the CPS said: "The allegation is that at the same time as working for Hull City Council they ran their own football academies, which caused a conflict of interest.
"Although the coaching was undertaken in the name of different organisations, the emails came from council email addresses, so schools assumed it was a council-run set-up.
"This meant that some clients potentially thought they were contracting one organisation but were in fact receiving services and paying another."
A city council spokesman said the pair no longer work for authority.
She said: "These two individuals left the organisation in 2009 following disciplinary proceedings.
"As this is an ongoing case, we cannot comment further."
They will be sentenced at a later date.