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On Wednesday 15 February 2023, Sean GIULIANO (38) from Baldock, Hertfordshire, appeared before St Albans Magistrates Court and entered a guilty plea to one charge under the Fraud Act 2006.

On Wednesday 24 May 2023 at St Albans Crown Court, GIULIANO was sentenced to a 14-month custodial sentence, suspended for 18 months, he was also ordered to complete 250 hours of unpaid work and 20 rehabilitation activity days and pay £1,000.00 in compensation to Stevenage Borough Council.

GIULIANO was formerly employed by Stevenage Borough Council as a roofer. The investigation by the Hertfordshire Shared Anti-Fraud Service identified that GIULIANO was selling building materials belonging to the council including lead flashing, for personal gain between 2017 and 2021.

The court heard that GIULIANO had abused his position and taken advantage of the trust placed in him to safeguard the financial interests of the council. His actions caused a loss to Stevenage Borough Council of £26,000. The council will be seeking full recovery of the public money that GIULIANO stole alongside the compensation he will pay via the court.

Councillor Joan Lloyd, Executive Member for Resources and Transformation said:

“This is not acceptable, and this case highlights that we take any cases of fraudulent behaviour very seriously. I am pleased that through our work with our Shared Anti-Fraud Service, we are able to identify and prosecute fraud.

“Our council delivers over 120 services to 87,500 Stevenage residents. We can’t allow anyone including staff to take advantage and illegally profit from council materials and services. We hope that this case will act as a deterrent to not take risks or jeopardise their future with a possible criminal record.”

The Shared Anti-Fraud Service works in partnership with Local Authorities to investigate and prosecute allegations of fraud.

You can report suspected fraud against Stevenage Borough Council in the strictest confidence. For more information, and to report your concerns, you can visit the Hertfordshire Shared Anti-fraud Service, email the Hertfordshire Anti-fraud Team or call 0300 123 4033.