NEWS: Ex-Saatchis man in court to answer to pounds 2.5m fraud charge

Legal arguments began this week at London’s Snaresbrook Crown Court in the long-running case against Renny Platt, the former Saatchi and Saatchi joint head of facilities, and three other men accused in an alleged pounds 2.5 million fraud against Jaguar Motors.

Legal arguments began this week at London’s Snaresbrook Crown Court in

the long-running case against Renny Platt, the former Saatchi and

Saatchi joint head of facilities, and three other men accused in an

alleged pounds 2.5 million fraud against Jaguar Motors.



The trial, which opened on Monday and is expected to last eight weeks,

went straight into secret legal arguments from the defence classified as

‘abuse of process’ arguments. The case proper is expected to resume

later this week.



The charges arise from a Metropolitan Police investigation in 1992 into

the awarding of contracts for the reprinting and translating of Jaguar

handbooks and workshop manuals and the submission of allegedly faked

invoices to the company.



Platt, 51, a company director from Beaconsfield, is alleged to have

taken part in the fraud along with Roger Fielding, 43, a former Jaguar

executive from Warwickshire, and Roger Parker, 61, retired, of Coventry.

The list also includes Roger Kennedy, 51, a company director from Kent

(not to be confused with the head of typography at Saatchis, who bears

the same name but is completely unconnected with the case).



All four face two charges of conspiring to defraud Jaguar between

January 1987 and June 1991 by submitting false invoices.



Fielding, Parker and Platt face two similar charges and Fielding and

Parker alone face yet another.



In addition, Fielding, Parker and Platt face corruption charges and

Platt and Kennedy are also charged with false accounting, which involved

falsifying documents and invoices for typesetting and translation jobs.



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