Director of PC repairs shop jailed for £1.6m HP fraud

The owner of PC repairs and maintenance firm Ventura Computer Services (VCS) has been jailed for 32 months for defrauding HP out of £1.6m worth of equipment.

The owner of PC repairs and maintenance firm Ventura Computer Services (VCS) has been jailed for 32 months for defrauding HP out of £1.6m worth of equipment.

Over a two year period, Bob Bushell, the owner and director of Reading-based VCS claimed up to 1,200 replacement parts from the US giant that he purported were under warranty but were not, the Old Bailey heard.

Bushell, arrested in 2009, admitted fraud along with VCS technician Leigh Smith, who carried out similar scams valued at £80,000. Smith was handed a nine month sentence suspended for one year.

The firm was set up in March 2004 by Bushell and Tina Bushell, who is also a director and company secretary and in the last set of results did not file P&L accounts suggesting they have a turnover less than £5m.

A spokesman at HP told MicroScope: "HP is committed to protecting its customers and partners from illicit activity by monitoring and investigating suspected fraud involving its products and services.

"HP brought this matter to the attention of the police in 2009 and cooperated with the authorities in supporting their investigation," he added.

VCS refused to comment.

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