FOLLOWING AN EIGHT-MONTH TRIAL, Robert Doyle, erstwhile marketing services director of Abbey National, was found guilty, along with seven others, of defrauding his former employer to the tune of £1m plus. Doyle, described by prosecuting QC Anthony Glass as 'a quite well-paid executive' but 'greedy', was at the centre of a complex fraud which milked the bank via the time-honoured stratagem of false invoicing in collusion with suppliers. His co-defendants - all but one directors of marketing consultancies - are Ian Zak and Timothy Spillane, latterly of The Business Development Partnership; Stuart Nicholson of Major Taylor Nicholson and Fixed Focus; Stephen Bracken of ASB Consulting; Guy Hewitt and Robert Taylor of NRG Communications; plus Doyle’s brother, James. Doyle, who creamed at least £250,000 from the scam over two years, was ordered by the judge to disclose his assets to the court and warned, along with his co-defendants, that civil confiscation and compensation claims are pending. Doyle and his cohorts will be sentenced later this month.
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