Former Gosport town hall worker in court on fraud charge

Gosport Town Hall in Lawrence Square, High Street, Gosport.
Gosport Town Hall in Lawrence Square, High Street, Gosport.
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A FORMER council worker has appeared in court accused of fraud worth more than £300,000.

Conway Warner, of Merganser Close in Gosport, has been charged with fraud by abuse of his position as an accountancy officer at Gosport Borough Council.

He spoke only to confirm his name, age and address during a short hearing at Fareham Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The 35-year-old did not enter a plea at the hearing.

Prosecutors say that between September last year and June this year, Warner committed fraud at Gosport’s town hall to make £307,810 for himself. He had worked for the council from April 2002 but was made redundant in June. Dressed in a grey shirt and dark trousers, Warner covered his face when he left the court.

Malcolm Hogg, the chairman of the magistrates’ bench, granted him unconditional bail. Warner has to appear at the court again for another hearing on December 16 before the case is sent for trial at crown court.