A convicted fraudster who scammed the London Philharmonic Orchestra out of £650,000 forged payslips to dodge over £40,000 in child maintenance payments.
Cameron Poole, 46, admitted two counts of forgery after using accounting software Quickbooks to falsify documents before sending them to the Child Maintenance Service.
Kingston Crown Court heard Poole is a “committed dad” but wanted to pay less in child maintenance so he could choose how to spend the money on the children himself.
The figures he submitted were less than his actual income, meaning he underpaid a total of £41,827.95 over four years for the three children he shares with his ex-wife.
The former finance chief of the London Philharmonic was jailed for four years in 2010 for fraud by abuse of position after swindling over half a million from the orchestra’s coffers.
He has now been handed a 14-month sentence suspended for 18 months and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.
He has now paid back all the money, it was said.
Sentencing him, Judge Rajeev Shetty said: “It is submitted the proceeds of this offence was not greed or indolence, you were very involved in the children’s upbringing and have shared custody.
“Your motivation was purely to decide yourself how the money and shortfall went on.
“If you were to go into custody this would have a serious effect on your children and their wellbeing and indeed their financial support.
“Ultimately there is a real difference between a lay-about indolent dad who doesn’t care, doesn’t want to support their children no matter what their circumstances, and a loving father who took the wrong step in misleading authorities and takes real and sustained support of their children.”
Prosecutor Philip Allman said Child Maintenance received an income form from Poole with four payslips from December 2014 to March 2015 claiming he was earning around £2,500 a month at a company called Intuit.
In 2018 he submitted another form with two wage slips stating he had earned around £8,000 in a two-month period at a company called Sage.
This led to an assessment that Poole should pay £142.95 a week.
However an investigation was launched after his ex-partner claimed the figures were not accurate, and it was discovered he had actually earned nearly £18,000 in October and November 2018 working as a ‘director partner’ at Sage.
The company also said he had been moved on to a bonus plan that year.
The unedited versions of the four payslips submitted in 2015 showed he had actually earned just under £18,000 from December 2014 to March 2015.
Mr Allman said: “There’s a significant comparison between what the defendant provided and what Sage had on record which indicated that he had provided false wage slips.
“The wage slips received from the defendant had a header for Quickbooks which is an accounting software.”
Poole gave a no comment police interview but pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery at the Magistrates’ Court.
Balbir Singh, defending, said: “Once he was released from prison matters were difficult with the family. There was an application by the Home Office for him to be deported because of the matter of the conviction – he opposed that application primarily based on his relationship with the children.
“He wanted a life with the children, eventually that application by him succeeded.
“The long and short of it is he wanted to spend more time with the children and spend the money in the way he wanted rather than it being dictated to him by the partner.
“That’s the motivation for him saying ‘I want to pay less through that channel but when the children are with me I will spend it on them’.”
Poole, of Streatham, south London, admitted two counts of forgery by using a false instrument with intent and was jailed for 14 months suspended for 18 months.