Council tax worker funnelled £80,000 in public money to himself and friends

Mail Online | 2/7/2019 | Danyal Hussain For Mailonline
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A debt-ridden council worker who claimed to be a 'criminal mastermind' diverted £80,000 of public money to himself and his friends, so they could write off loans and pay for cocaine and sex - before being rumbled because he had used his work computer and email in the scheme.

Rochdale council officer Matthew Ravey, 28, told friends he had come up with a 'fool-proof' plan to 'get rich while avoiding his debtors'.

Friend - Loans - BOOM - Xx

He emailed one friend: 'I have used it on three loans I had in the past. Two have been written off completely. BOOM xx..'

However, he was caught because he had used his work email and computer and has now been jailed for a year and six months after admitting three counts of fraud and one count of theft.

Minshull - Street - Crown - Court - Ravey

Minshull Street Crown Court heard Ravey created false insolvency documents for himself and friends while working at Rochdale council, in an attempt to avoid reimbursing payday loan companies he was in debt to.

His career at the town hall began in October 2013, when he was hired as a council business rates officer, earning just under £18,000.

June - Employee - Business - Rates - Ravey

In June 2016, an employee looked into a business rates refund Ravey had processed by chance.

Ravey had given £4,208 in relief funds to a company named Kinetic Security Products Ltd, despite records showing the company had dissolved in 2014.

Bank - Account - Creditor - Address - Business

He created a new bank account and creditor address associated with the business which actually belonged to co-conspirators Richard Rigby, 29, and Andrew Foster, 31.

When confronted by a fellow employee, Ravey initially claimed he was correcting an existing error.

Error - Account

When it was pointed out there was no error, he began denying he had ever accessed the account.

An internal investigation was launched and it was found that Ravey had altered banking and addresses of other businesses to make 26 separate...
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