A subcontractor has been jailed for 18 months for submitting a false bill of £36,000 to a construction company based at a Welsh TV and film studio.
iam Pattison, 34, of New Zealand Road in Heath, Cardiff, was working at Dragon Studios for a week in the summer of 2019 on the set of Brave New World, a TV miniseries based on the 1932 novel by Aldous Huxley.
Pattison was one of 150 subcontractors drafted by Bridgend-based 4Wood TV and Film to prepare for the set, but kept applying long after it was announced that his services were no longer needed. necessary anymore.
Joshua Scouller, who was indicted, said many of those who worked for 4Wood were recruited through social media or word of mouth, and “not much due diligence was done in relation to the employment.” pay the bill”.
He said the company’s accountants paid the bills on the basis that they were genuine unless there were any obvious abnormalities.
Pattison filed 27 fake bills between June 2019 and January 2020, Cardiff Crown Court heard on Monday.
His fraud was eventually discovered when he continued to claim seven days a week and double the time on a Sunday, despite the fact that the amount of work available had decreased. significantly.
The company’s bosses also discovered that his car had not been to the studio since June 2019.
The court heard Pattison submit a bill of £36,000, even though only £33,120 was paid.
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4Wood said cheating has made it harder to weather the pandemic and forced it to create more redundancies.
Pattison admitted fraud by misrepresenting facts.
He had previous convictions for robbery, murder, possession of an assault weapon and sexual assault, the court heard.
Lucy Crowther, for Pattison, said he was struggling with alcohol and cocaine abuse at the time of the offense, but has moved back in with his father and has brought his addiction under control.
She said he felt ashamed and regretful for his actions and admitted his guilt as soon as he got the chance.
Imprisoning him for 18 months, judge Tim Petts told Pattison that the cheating caused “significant stress and anxiety” for 4Wood as they faced their first lockdown.
Brave New World aired on the American streaming service Peacock but was canceled after one season.
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