'Dead' IT man blames ex-wife for £10k scam

The IT contractor who faked his own death after fraudulently claiming £10,000 from his employers for work he did not do, has...

The IT contractor who faked his own death after fraudulently claiming £10,000 from his employers for work he did not do, has blamed the episode on pressure from his ex-wife.

Test engineer, Glenn Todd who came out of hiding last month, has made a desperate attempt to explain his actions after the scam was exposed in Computer Weekly last month.

The fraud came to light after Todd posted a message on the Friends Reunited Web site suggesting a get-together with former workmates, months after he had supposedly died from intestinal cancer in the US.

The case has highlighted the importance of companies making thorough background checks into their temporary staff, and the difficulties that employers face recouping money once a fraud has been discovered.

In an e-mail to his former recruitment agency, Triangle Partnership, Todd pleaded for an end to the media intrusion surrounding him and his partner, Katherine Fisher, who appears to have participated in the deception.

"This whole sorry and unfortunate case is solely due to my ex-wife who has been on a course to destroy me, my life and my career. And it would appear that she has managed to," he claimed.

The contractor, who says he has lost his job as a result of negative publicity surrounding the case, has also offered to pay back the money, plus £2,000 interest within a matter of months.

Todd allegedly stole the money from Triangle during a contract with Jersey-based legal services company Mourant in April last year.

"You have my utmost assurances that it will be paid in full this time," he said. "As a gesture, I will forward a cheque in the sum of £300 at the end of this week, a cheque in the sum of £5,000 at the end of January, and the remaining amount is to be paid prior to the end of April."

Despite the promises, Todd has gone back into hiding and letters addressed to his home are being returned marked "not known at this address".

Warwick Bergin, director of Triangle, said he was frustrated that, despite winning a court order against Todd, it was not proving an easy matter to recover the money.

"The total bill including the court order must be about £16,000 or £17,000. For a contractor who can earn £2,000 a week, we are not talking about a big sum," said Bergin.

"He has had plenty of time to make payments, but for all his protestations, he has not paid us anything. It's always promises, lies and blaming everybody else," he said.

The agency has hired a firm of debt collectors to track Todd down. "They will become a permanent fixture in his life. They will go up and visit him and they will continue visiting until he pays," Bergin said.

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