NHS managers ‘used names of U2 members in £700,000 fraud’

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Mark Evill, Robert Howells and Michael Cope

Mark Evill, Robert Howells and Michael Cope are indicted of defrauding Powys Teaching Health Board

Three group defrauded a NHS of £700,000 by awarding contracts to feign people in a names of U2 rope members, a probity has heard.

Mark Evill, 47, and Robert Howells, 65, of Chepstow, and Michael Cope, 42, of Merthyr Tydfil, all repudiate fraud.

The 3 were employed as managers with Powys Teaching Health Board.

Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court listened they awarded contracts value some-more than £700,000 for work during hospitals between Feb 2014 and Aug 2015.

Mr Evill also denies perverting a march of probity and 3 depends of transferring rapist property.

Jurors were told a plan manager sealed off work to his possess association George Morgan Ltd – named after his dog.

The probity listened he wrote emails, quotes and invoices to himself and done adult feign quotes from genuine companies to cover his fraud.

Prosecuting, Christopher Rees, said: “Mr Evill set adult George Morgan Ltd to obstruct prejudiced health house contracts to himself.

“He combined some-more than one fictitious character, Paul Hewson and David Evans, to conform with members of health board.

“They are a genuine names of Bono and a Edge from U2, a rope he listens to, used to serve his fraud. It’s a symbol of a blatant and provocative dishonesty.”

He is purported to have spent a income on intemperate holidays in Dubai, engineer watches, houses in Wales and costly cars.

Mr Rees added: “He lived life on a sow during a responsibility of a health service.”

Some of a work during a children’s wing of Brecon Memorial Hospital, Bronllys Hospital and Welshpool Hospital was not carried out.

The probity listened a franchised surveyor lifted concerns of “major deficiencies” in a finished work and resolved a cost to redress a work would cost £1.4m.

Jurors were told Mr Howells, a plan manager, perceived a Ford Focus automobile value £10,000 and income from Mr Evill after apropos wakeful of a fraud.

Mr Rees said: “He played a critical purpose in facilitating a fraud. He authorised himself to be bribed to concede Mr Evill to continue his actions.”

The probity listened how Mr Cope, an NHS estate manager, also perceived income from Mr Evill’s association to “corruptly brazen work and corruptly endorse” his bids for work.

The hearing continues.

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