Thompson denies fraud

A former director of Staffordshire Building Society has denied multiple charges of fraud.

Andrew Thompson, who earned £102,000 a year as customer services director at the Staffordshire, pleaded not guilty to six charges when he appeared at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Monday, last week.

Thompson is charged with two counts of dishonestly obtaining wrongful credit relating to a share account at the building society, and not taking the appropriate steps to ensure that the credit was cancelled.

The first charge, concerning an offence allegedly committed between March 13 2000 and December 17 2001, relates to a sum of £23,122; the second, between April 13 2001 and December 17 2001, is for £19,060.

Thompson also denies three charges of false accounting. It is alleged that on March 28 2000, Thompson falsified a cheque for £350, claiming it to be for legitimate business expenses.