Ex-Staffordshire boss pleads not guilty

A former director of the Staffordshire Building Society has pleaded not guilty to six fraud charges in Wolverhampton Crown Court.

Andrew Thompson, the society&#39s former customer services director, faces two counts of dishonestly obtaining wrongful credit during his time at Staffordshire. Another three charges relate to false accounting, and a final accusation to falsifying petty cash receipts .

Between March and December 2001, Thompson is alleged to have committed an offence involving a sum of £23,122. Another charge relates to the period between April and December 2001 and a sum of £19,060.

Thompson also denies the three charges of false accounting. He is alleged to have falsified a cheque for £350 on March 28 2000. Thompson claimed the cheque as part of legitimate business expenses.

The case was adjourned until the week beginning February 17 and Thompson was released on unconditional bail.