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Cite as:  EWHC 1357 (QB)
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QUEEN'S BENCH DIVISION
7 Rolls Buildings
London, EC4A 1NL
B e f o r e :
| JON RICHARD LIMITED
|- and -
1st Floor, Quality House, 6-9 Quality Court
Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1HP.
Tel No: 020 7067 2900, Fax No: 020 7831 6864, DX: 410 LDE
The Defendant did not appear and was not represented.
Crown Copyright ©
Mr Justice Andrew Smith :
"fraudulent/inflated invoices being issue [sic] to Debenhams from [the Claimant] for store refurbishments, shopfits, gondolas and new store openings …"
The letter went on to say that over a number of years invoices had been inflated fraudulently and that the discrepancies were in excess of £300,000. It was said that the fraudulent instructions had been given by Ms Frew and Ms Yates. The letter also said that this matter came to light when a woman, to whom I will refer as "JR", sent an email in error to Debenhams. There is no need to go into the details of the lady employee who made that mistake, because I have no information as to whether any criticisms of her are justified or not. However, attached to the letter of 12th July 2012 was a note from Ms Frew referring to difficulties arising from the apparent mistake on the part of JR. It refers to concerns that Ms Frew had that confidential information in the form of a spreadsheet had been sent to Debenhams.
"systematically inflated invoices and has thereby been guilty of a massive £300,000 fraud on Debenhams over a number of years"
and (2) that the Claimant had
"conspired to cover up the fraud during an investigation by Debenhams by (i) providing and/or instructing employees to provide false information to Debenhams, and (ii) withholding and/or instructing other employees to withhold evidence from Debenhams."