COVID FRAUDSTER: Man jailed for trying to defraud a business support fund
Covid fraudster - man jailed for trying to defraud a business support fund.
A man has been jailed after trying to defraud a Covid business support fund.
Carl Robert Coulson received a £10,000 grant following an application to Durham County Council in the name of a motor exchange business in Langley Moor, last April.
Durham Crown Court was told that Coulson almost immediately withdrew the money from his bank and passed it on to another man who has not been traced.
The court was also told a further paper application using another business name was declined as a legitimate payment had already been made.
The 35-year-old pleaded guilty to fraud and theft at the hearing on Friday.
The case was brought to court by Durham Constabulary’s Economic Crime Unit with the support of Durham County Council.
Coulson, of St Andrew’s Road, Bishop Auckland, was jailed for ten months.
Detective Sergeant, Alan Meehan, of Durham Constabulary’s Economic Crime Team, said: “Fraud of this nature has wide-ranging consequences and we will always seek to bring those who abuse the system to justice.”
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