Kent County Council’s Head of Energy Procurement, Ross Knowles, was charged with counts of fraud by abuse of position and one count of money laundering at a court in Kent last month. He pleaded not guilty.
So Knowles and his organisation were buying energy on behalf of local authorities and other public bodies. But it is claimed that “management fees” from Centrica and Npower somehow found their way to him rather than to LASER or Kent CC. There’s no suggestion that the firms involved knew the money was allegedly going to him personally – so it will be interesting to see how the prosecution suggest that was organised, if the firms presumably thought their payments were going to a legitimate recipient.
My comment: We will have to wait and see what the outcome is but lack of scrutiny appears to have played a part.
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