Worker conned UEA out of £100,000

A UEA employee helped con the university out of £100,000 by lying about the amount and value of goods being delivered to a science department, a court heard today.

A UEA employee helped con the university out of £100,000 by lying about the amount and value of goods being delivered to a science department, a court heard today.

Ronald Ashby, 56, of Millway, Wymondham, pleaded guilty to misrepresenting the amount, value and description of goods purchased from laboratory equipment supplier Hawfell Ltd, in Cambridge.

Norwich Crown Court heard the offences happened between January 2000 and August 2005 when Ashby was working in the storeroom at the university's school of biological science.

Ashby, who retired in 2005 after a 38-year career, was caught out by routine checks.

Clyde Harris, aged 60, of Histon, Cambridgeshire, who was managing director of Hawfell at the time, also admitted the offences. Both were bailed to await pre-sentence reports and will be sentenced at a later date.

UEA spokesman Simon Dunford said the crime was detected after Ashby retired.