A man who took money for his son’s care to fund his own lifestyle has been convicted.
Bruno Tshipamba, 46, of Addison Crescent, Old Trafford, was convicted on 22 January at Minshull Street Crown Court of dishonestly obtaining £21,881 from Trafford Council.
Mr Tshipamba had responsibility for managing funds paid by Trafford Council to ensure that care was provided for his teenage son. However, in addition to paying for the care, he also used his position to transfer monies into his partner’s bank account for their own use. This resulted in an overpayment between January 2014 and June 2018. After pleading guilty to the offence at an earlier hearing, he appeared in court again and was given a nine-month custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months. He has also been ordered to undertake a 10 day rehabilitation activity requirement.
The Council is also recovering all of the monies that were obtained as a result of this offence from Mr Tshipamba.
Council officers were alerted to this matter following an audit of the payments being made to him which highlighted the discrepancies. They saw that significant amounts of monies being regularly transferred from the account set up to manage the funds, which Mr Tshipamba was unable to account for. When interviewed, he admitted that there had been mistakes made with managing the account, which he no longer has access to. On sentencing him, Judge Potter described Mr Tshipamba’s actions as being thoroughly dishonest.
A spokesperson for Trafford Council said:
Mr Tshipamba should be thoroughly ashamed of his actions. The money he fraudulently claimed from the Council could have gone on funding children with their support needs.
This case should act as a warning to others that we will vigorously pursue any fraudsters through the courts. We will recover money to invest in our residents and they will end up with a criminal record.”
If you suspect anyone of fraud being committed against the authority, you can contact Trafford Council on 0161 912 1026 or 0161 912 1839.
Posted on Tuesday 28th January 2020