Padarn Bus fraud case reaches crown court

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Two men and a woman have appeared before a Crown Court Judge accused of fraud involving more than £800,000 at Llanberis-based Padarn Bus.

John David Hulme, 54, Darren Charles Price, 44, and Anne Louise Price, 28, are accused of claiming the firm carried more concessionary passengers than was true. Mr Hulme is charged with fraud involving £496,126.78 between July 2011 and December 2012. Ms Price and Mr Price are accused of fraud involving £318,524.64 between January 2013 and February 2014. All three, who deny the charges against them, also face a charge of false accounting.

The defendants appeared before Caernarfon Magistrates Court on December 15. They were then released on bail before appearing at Caernarfon Crown Court a week later.

However, Recorder Simon Mills, sitting at Caernarfon Crown Court, bailed the three until a further hearing in February.

As previously reported in CBW, Padarn Bus went into liquidation in May, 2014, with the loss of 79 jobs.