Trident community boss set to admit fraud charges

Zubare Khan

Zubare Khan

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

A FORMER executive of a Bradford community organisation, which received tens of millions of Government funding, has indicated he will be pleading guilty to defrauding it.

Zubare Khan, 35, who was the deputy chief executive of Bradford Trident, is accused of fraudulently obtaining more than £30,000 from the community organisation through false invoicing.

He is alleged to have used Bradford Trident's account for his own personal business use.

Yesterday Khan, who faces charges of fraud by false representation, made a preliminary hearing appearance at Bradford Crown Court with a co-accused, Michael Smith.

All of the charges allege that bearded and bald-headed Khan committed fraud, at Bradford, by dishonestly making a false representation. The dates of the alleged offences range from September 1, 2010 to December 1, 2011.

The allegations include producing a false invoice to state that windows were fitted at a Bradford Trident property when they were fitted at his sister's home; an invoice stating that decorating work had been done at the Woodroyd Centre when it had been done at his own home; and one stating that Bradford North District Scouts had provided a minibus for Trident, when it was for his brother's wedding.

Four of the allegations are charged jointly with Smith, of Borrough View, Leeds, and involved with Church Bank Developments.

Prosecutor Andrew Dallas said Khan faced 51 charges. He said the defendant "wishes to resolve this matter with an offer of guilty pleas to the vast majority of the charges."

Mr Dallas said the case was complex.

Khan's barrister, Nick Worsley, confirmed his client would be pleading guilty to the charges on the indictment that were made out. He said some charges had been wrongly drafted or were duplicitous.

But Mr Worsley added: "I anticipate the Crown and the defence will reach agreement."

Khan, of Parkside Road, West Bowling, Bradford, who was wearing a black leather jacket, white shirt and grey trousers, sat with his arms folded during the 15-minute hearing.

The Recorder of Bradford, Judge Roger Thomas QC, adjourned the case for a plea and case management hearing on October 31. He granted bail to the defendants.

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