Bradford restaurant boss pleads guilty to fraud

Imran Ahmed (r). His co workers were not involved in the fraud.

The director of a Bradford restaurant has pleaded guilty to attempting to swindle £56,000 from a City Centre Business Growth Scheme.

The Telegraph & Argus reports that Imran Ahmed, who jointly runs Cona in East Parade, Little Germany, will be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on August 12 for three counts of fraud by making false representation.

Ahmed, 36, was paid more than £29,000 in a capital grant from the scheme that aims to promote job opportunities and business growth in the city centre.

Two more claims, that would have boosted the sum to £56,150, were not paid out because of deficiencies in the application documentation, Imran Khan, barrister for Bradford Council said yesterday.

An investigation was launched and Ahmed was found to have submitted dishonest invoices and redacted bank statements.

Mr Khan stressed that the fraud was a mixture of genuinely spent money and wholly bogus invoices.

Some items claimed for had actually been bought eight months earlier, while other outgoings were paid for in cash. None of those could be properly funded by the capital grant.

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