Trial of Copland six accused of £2.7m fraud at Wembley school postponed for two weeks

Copland Community School is in Cecil Avenue, Wembley

Copland Community School is in Cecil Avenue, Wembley - Credit: Archant

The trial of a knighted former head teacher and five colleagues accused of a £2.7million fraud at a Wembley secondary school has been postponed for two weeks.

Sir Alan Davies is the former head of Copland Community School

Sir Alan Davies is the former head of Copland Community School - Credit: Archant

Sir Alan Davies, 65, former head of Copland Community School, is accused of conspiring with Dr Richard Evans, 55, former deputy head, Indravadan Patel, 73, former chairman of governors, Columbus Udokoro, 61, ex-bursar, Michele McKenzie, 53, former human resources manager and Martin Day, 58, ex-vice chairman of governors, to defraud Brent Council.

Dr Richard Evans is the ex-deputy headmaster of Copland Community School

Dr Richard Evans is the ex-deputy headmaster of Copland Community School - Credit: Archant

All six were supposed to stand trial yesterday at Southwark Crown Court but the date has been changed to September 30.

According to court documents Davies, from Mill Hill, allegedly received more than £900,000 in ‘inappropriate payments’.

Evans, from Barnet, is said to have obtained £600,000.


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Indravadan Patel, from Stanmore, is accused of conspiracy to defraud and another of falsifying documents for accounting purposes.

Udokoro, from Greenford, and McKenzie, 52, from Ruislip, are both accused of conspiracy to defraud and of falsifying documents for accounting purposes.

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Day, from Halstead, Essex, faces one count of conspiracy to defraud.

Once the trial begins it is expected to last for three months.

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