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Balfour Beatty fraudsters ordered to pay £16,300

Two “ghost workers” who defrauded Balfour Beatty have had thousands in assets confiscated by Lincoln Crown Court, it has been reported.

Craig Topley and Darren Statham were among five men who admitted defrauding Balfour Beatty, according to the Lincolnshire Echo.

Recorder Sam Mains ruled that Mr Topley should have £14,757 confiscated, with a jail sentence if he fails to pay.

Mr Statham was ordered to pay the value of his only identified asset – a van worth £1,625 – within six months or face a 35-day sentence.

Balfour Beatty will receive the money as compensation.

A court hearing last year heard the scam was masterminded by construction manager Sean Sullivan, who pocketed £90,000 by authorizing payments to bogus workers, the Echo reported.

Mr Sullivan is currently serving a three-year jail sentence, having admitted to obtaining property by deception from Balfour and three related offences.

Mr Sullivan and Christopher Lang, a second defendant, will appear in court for a confiscation hearing next month.

Mr Sullivan’s younger brother Paul was sentenced to six months in prison, admitting one charge of obtaining property by deception.


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