A man hired a ‘ghost’ employee and defrauded companies before moving to Spain to be a professional singer

From Wales Online, “The manager of a recruitment firm put his friend on the books as a “ghost” employee and charged clients thousands of pounds in wages for work that was never done, a court has heard.

Daniel Paul Downing, aged 29, later left the firm – and the country – and started a new life as a professional singer in Spain.

Julie Sullivan, prosecuting, said he put a friend on the books of the firm, and invoiced customers including Rentokil and Econotherm for hours he had supposedly worked.

In reality the employee did no work for any clients.

In November of that year queries about some of the invoices were raised, and Meridian investigated the matter – the firm uncovered £6,135-worth of fraudulent invoices, including bookings which showed the ghost employee apparently working in two different places at the same time.

Downing was called in for a disciplinary meeting, and subsequently left the firm.”

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