A vehicle engineering department boss at Bradford College has appeared in court, charged with a fraud conspiracy involving MoTs.

Graham Cahill, 42, and three co-defendants are accused of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.

The prosecution has been brought by the Vehicle and Operating Services Agency (VOSA) which is responsible for the MoT vehicle testing system.

The college has confirmed Cahill’s court appearance but said there were no links to his role at the college and he was not suspended from duty pending the criminal proceedings .

Cahill, of Greenton Avenue, Scholes, Bradford, has appeared at Southwark Crown Court in London for a preliminary hearing.

He faces the fraud conspiracy charge with three co-accused – Shorab Jadunandan, 46, of Harrow, London; Olayinka Fadayomi, 44, of Slough, Berkshire, and Tajinder Gahunia, 36, of Ashford, Middlesex.

The case had been sent to the crown court by City of Westminster magistrates.

A plea and case management hearing has been fixed for April 23, and all four men were granted unconditional bail until that hearing.

A spokesman for Bradford College said: “Graham Cahill, Curriculum Team Leader, Engineering, appeared at Southwark Crown Court in relation to charges that are not connected with his position at Bradford College.

“In view of the ongoing legal proceedings we are unable to comment further at this stage.”

The spokesman confirmed Cahill was not suspended and was working normally.

A spokesman for VOSA said it was unable to comment on the investigation at this stage.

The college’s engineering department runs several courses, including one involving motor vehicle engineering.

The college says career opportunities exist at many levels in the engineering sector, with a wealth of opportunity for men and women who gain skills in those areas.

The engineering courses are offered in modern workshops in a new eco-friendly campus using new equipment and the latest technology.