Company boss guilty of conning businesses and schools

THE boss of a firm with a multi-million pound turnover has today been found guilty of conning businesses and schools in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Christopher Boughton-Fox, 48, the chairman of Great Yarmouth-based Business Telecom Ltd had denied conspiring to defraud businesses and individuals of more than �100,000 between 2003 and 2008.

However, he was found guilty today by a 10 to two majority verdict after a 10-week trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

Also before the court was Jonathan Parish, 42, of The Hills, Reedham who denied the same charge and was found guilty on Monday.

Boughton-Fox of Yarmouth Road, Thorpe-St-Andrew and Parish will be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court on April 27 along with another employee Neil Debenham, 28, of East Somerton, Norfolk, who admitted the same charge at an earlier hearing.

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Adjourning sentence on Boughton-Fox today Judge Peter Thompson warned him that he could be sentenced to a term of imprisonment.

A fourth defendant Daniel Cullen, 28, of Hatfield, Hertfordshire, is due to be sentenced today at St Albans’ Crown Court for his part in the fraud.

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During the trial of Boughton-Fox and Parish it was claimed that smooth-talking sales reps from Business Telecom Ltd lied to customers as they tied them into long running contracts to secure lucrative commissions.

See tomorrow’s paper for more.

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