A calculated husband and wife duo have been sentenced to a combine total of 10 years 9 months in prison.
Claire Reeder (40) and Dimitiri Reeder (52) of Kingsway, Cottingham appeared at Hull Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday 24 November) for sentencing after a jury found them both guilty of Fraud.
Dimitri Reeder received a sentence of 6 years and Claire Reeder was sentenced to 4 years 9 months.
The court heard how the duo deceptively abused their position of trust to defraud two care sector organisations.
Operating as two companies over the course of a 4-year period the couple stole an estimated minimum of £400,000 from their victims. The duo repeatedly submitted invoices fraudulently claiming hours supposedly worked by staff.
Showing no remorse for their unforgiveable actions, the duo pleaded not guilty.
Detective Inspector Ben Robinson said: “Following a lengthy and complex investigation yesterday’s sentencing is welcomed. The only place Clare and Dimitri deserve to be is jail.
“They abused their position of trust; these monies should have been used as intended – to benefit and care for some of the most vulnerable and needing members of our community in a time of austerity.
“Fraud is never a victimless crime and can be extremely distressing and upsetting time for those involved, especially when the level of offending is as vast as this.
“I think it is important to highlight that anyone can be a victim of fraud. Fraudsters continue to reinvent themselves to find new ways of tricking people and companies.
“If you think you might have been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. Alternatively, call Humberside Police on 101. In an emergency or if a crime is in progress, dial 999.”
**media note: unfortunately custody pictures are unavailable for this case**