Former Padarn director ordered to pay back over £60,000

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Disgraced former Padarn Bus Director Darren Price has been told to pay back over £60,000 to Gwynedd Council or face a further year in prison, the Daily Post reported.

Darren was ordered to pay the compensation after being convicted of falsely claiming concessionary bus pass money. He was charged with false accounting and was jailed for two years and three months in March 2016, though he has since been released.

A judge at Caernarfon Crown Court was heard his benefit from the fraud was assessed at £73,120 and the amount available to be repaid is £61,948.

Prosecutor Mathew Dunford said the sums had been agreed with lawyers representing Darren. Judge Huw Rees said the money would be repaid within three months, with Darren facing the prospect of a further 12 months behind bars if it is not paid. The case against another former Padarn Bus Director, John Hulme, has been adjourned.

The court heard there were still issues to be resolved in the financial investigation into the affairs of John David Hulme, who was found guilty of fraud and false accounting, and sentenced to six years in jail.

He was brought to Caernarfon for the hearing but the prosecutor said while there had been agreement about the valuation of a property jointly owned by John, no agreement had been reached about cash deposits he made.

Lack of court time meant a full hearing could not be held and the judge agreed to an adjournment until February, where the hearing will be given priority.