Darren Price enters guilty plea in Padarn Bus fraud case

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One of the three individuals accused of defrauding Gwynedd Council when they worked for former Llanberis-based independent operator Padarn Bus has entered a guilty plea.

Having previously entered a not guilty plea at Mold Crown Court in April, Darren Price, 45, was bailed for a pre-sentence report after he admitted false accounting involving bogus invoice claims to Gwynedd council. Last week however, Recorder Duncan Bould told him at Caernarfon Crown Court: “You will be entitled to credit in respect of the guilty plea you have entered.”

According to the Daily Post, fraud and false accounting allegations denied by Anne Price, 29, of High Street, Llanberis, are to lie on file at the request of the prosecution. Prosecutor Jayne La Grua told the judge: “The issue would have been the extent of her knowledge.”

A second man is due to stand trial in connection with the £810,000 fraud in the coming weeks.