Bookkeeper is facing jail for £44,000 scam

Andrew Brough
Andrew Brough

A bookkeeper once described as ‘an inveterate swindler’ by a judge is facing another jail term after defrauding two victims out of £44,000 in an investment scam.

Former Rugby man Andrew Brough appeared at Warwick Crown Court on Friday, August 12, where he admitted three charges of fraud.

The court heard that between November 2010 and April last year Brough made false representations to two men that he would invest money in high-interest investments on their behalf.

Brough, who was living in Rugby at the time, obtained £29,000 from one man and £15,000 from another, the court was told.

The 49-year-old also pleaded guilty to defrauding a business called Palin Property Services in a similar way between January 2012 and April 2015. That offence was alleged to have involved £90,000 – but Simon Hunka, defending, argued that although Brough accepted the amounts in the first two charges, there was ‘uncertainty’ over the figure in the third charge.

And, explaining that Brough only had access to the paperwork in that case two days before the hearing, he asked for the defence to have more time to consider whether there was an issue over the amount alleged.

Mr Hunka conceded: “This is undoubtedly a case which will be met by a custodial sentence.

“He is a man with a number of previous convictions for similar matters and he’s been to custody on four occasions, the last in 2007.

“The result will be a number of years’ imprisonment.”

Recorder Nigel Daly agreed to adjourn the case for a possible ‘basis of plea’ to be entered on Brough’s behalf, and for the prosecution to have time to consider it.

He granted Brough bail with a condition of residence at his current address, in Eaves Street, Blackpool, but warned him: “It’s likely you will get a custodial sentence.”

Among Brough’s previous convictions was one dating to 2002 where he admitted six charges of forgery and was jailed for 12 months.

On that occasion, Coventry Crown Court heard that Brough, while working for a company in Tile Hill, Coventry, had obtained nearly £15,000 by making cheques out to himself and forging his boss’s signature.

Brough, who lived in Rugby and already had a history of stealing from employers, was described by the judge who jailed him in 2002 as ‘an inveterate swindler.’