Fraud duo to fight case

Two directors of a company who cheated schools, businesses and charities out of £1million are to fight efforts to get money back from them.

Among the victims of Christopher Boughton-Fox and Jonathan Parrish at Business Telecom were Pot Kiln Primary School, which found itself out of pocket after signing up with the company for telephone equipment.

John Hyett Associates Architects and Designers, based in Sudbury, was another victim.

Customers of the now defunct company face having to wait until March next year to learn if any compensation will be available from confiscated assets.

At Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday, it was revealed that both men will contest prosecution figures about how much they gained from their illegal activities.

Judge Peter Thompson said he was “very concerned” at the length of time it was taking to conclude the case.

The two ex-directors were jailed in April last year, Boughton-Fox for seven years and Parrish for five-and-a-half years.

During their trial, it emerged that Boughton-Fox, 48, of Thorpe St Andrew, near Norwich, and Parrish, 42, of Reedham, Norfolk, had systematically lied to customers.

At one time, Boughton-Fox was being paid a £600,000 salary while Parrish said he could earn £40,000 a month.

Both men had denied charges of conspiracy to defraud but were convicted by a jury.