Two more people charged in connection with Copland Community School fraud probe

Former vice chair of governors and ex-school bursar bring total of accused up to five

Two more people have been charged in connection with the alleged misappropriation of funds at a secondary school in Wembley.

Martin Day, 75, from Halstead, Essex, the former vice chair of governors at Copland Community School in Cecil Avenue, is accused of conspiracy to defraud and fraud by abuse of position.

Columbus Udokoro, 61, from Greenford, the school’s ex-bursar, is accused of conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to commit false accounting.

Yesterday (Wednesday), Dr Richard Evans, 55, from Barnet, the former deputy headteacher, was charged with conspiracy to defraud and fraud by abuse of position and Michele McKenzie was charged with conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to commit false accounting.


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McKenzie, 52, from Ruislip, is the school’s former human resources manager.

On Tuesday, Sir Alan Davies, 64, from Mill Hill, the former headmaster, was charged with conspiracy to defraud, money laundering, conspiracy to commit false accounting and fraud by abuse of position.

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All will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on June 12.

Dr Evans’s wife, Lesley, who worked at the school, and was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and theft, has been released with no further action.

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