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Pictured: Robert Howells (R) arrives at Merthyr Crown Court, south Wales, UK. Friday 02 November 2018<br />
Re: Three men who defrauded the NHS are due to be sentenced at Merthyr Crown Court, Wales, UK.<br />
Michael Cope, 42, had denied ensuring building contracts were awarded to a rotten company while working for Powys Teaching Health Board in 2015.<br />
His colleagues Mark Evill and Robert Howells previously pleaded guilty to the fraud, which cost taxpayers £1.4m to put right.<br />
Cope claimed he knew nothing about the scam but was convicted at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court..<br />
Together, they awarded construction contracts to a company Evill set up called George Morgan Limited.<br />
The court was told the work carried out by the firm was so poor it cost £1.4m to fix.<br />
Evill spent the company's profits on holidays to Dubai, expensive watches, property, and cars, including a vehicle for Howells for helping him.<br />
To hide his involvement in the scam, Evill used the names Paul Hewson and David Evans in emails - the real names of Bono and The Edge from U2.
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Pictured: Robert Howells (R) arrives at Merthyr Crown Court, south Wales, UK. Friday 02 November 2018
Re: Three men who defrauded the NHS are due to be sentenced at Merthyr Crown Court, Wales, UK.
Michael Cope, 42, had denied ensuring building contracts were awarded to a rotten company while working for Powys Teaching Health Board in 2015.
His colleagues Mark Evill and Robert Howells previously pleaded guilty to the fraud, which cost taxpayers £1.4m to put right.more »

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