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Kings Science Academy in Bradford opened in September 2011

The founding father of a flagship free college and two members of workers have been discovered responsible of defrauding the federal government out of £150,000.

Sajid Raza, 43, Shabana Hussain, 40, and Daud Khan, 44, made funds from Division for Schooling grants into their very own financial institution accounts.

The grants got to arrange Kings Science Academy in Bradford in 2011. It opened in 2012.

The three had been discovered responsible at Leeds Crown Court docket following a six-week trial.

They had been granted bail and can be sentenced in September with decide Christopher Batty telling them “I’m very a lot contemplating custody in every of your circumstances”.

Peter Mann from the Crown Prosecution Service stated the trio had “handled public cash as their very own”.

He stated: “Removed from being a mannequin college, Raza [founder and principal] handled the Academy like a household enterprise using his kinfolk there and, for no less than the primary 12 months, working with no correct governance.”

“His co-defendants had been additionally drawn into this criminality. Hussain, Raza’s sister, obtained illegal funds, and Khan helped to falsify documentation.”

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Sajid Raza, (left of David Cameron) opened the varsity in September 2011

Mr Mann stated Raza had been motivated by his monetary issues.

“He was in appreciable monetary difficulties as his buy-to-let enterprise had been operating at a substantial loss.

“He fraudulently obtained mortgages by stating a grossly inflated wage and on two purposes, even claimed to be a advisor surgeon.”

Mr Mann stated he Raza obtained the cash by creating false invoices, submitting fraudulent expense claims and paying himself an inflated wage.

“The defendants handled public cash as their very own, and when challenged, fabricated paperwork to cowl their tracks,” he stated.