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Helen Armstrong defrauds Wren Properties - and CPS do nothing!

Helen Armstrong was a director and company secretary of Wren Properties Limited and worked for the company for ten years. She was in charge of all the day-to-day operations of the business.

In March 2002, whilst Armstrong was on holiday, two company cheques signed by her were returned by the bank. These were investigated and the payments found to be inconsistent with the accounting entries.

The matter was passed to external accountants to investigate and the clear conclusion was that the cheques were deliberate frauds. Forensic investigation of the accounts for the previous four years showed that Armstrong had stolen many times from the company.

Armstrong initially denied the accusations and legal advice was taken which concluded that Wren should attempt to recover the money before the Police were called. There is no time limit on criminal prosecutions so the advice was to report her crimes to the Police at a later date. As the investigations and legal action progressed Helen Armstrong repaid the company a total of 452,516.82.

The matter was reported to the Police and they were passed the evidence of the 180 proven frauds. This included the report from the investigating accountants who had independently verified that the sums had indeed been stolen from the company.

Nevertheless the Crown Prosecution Service told the Police that they would not recommend a Police investigation on the basis that it was not in the public interest to do so. This was despite the fact that by now Armstrong had set up her own business and was trading with the general public.

Wren Properties Limited challenged this decision and John Holt, the Chief Crown Prosecutor of the Greater Manchester CPS admitted in writing, twice, that "[I] accept that there was sufficient evidence to give a realistic prospect of convicting Mrs Armstrong of stealing money from Wren Properties Ltd."

Documents

Example Fraud Cheque #1 - [download]

Example Fraud Cheque #2 - [download]

Example Fraud Cheque #3 - [download]

HOW THE CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE HAVE IGNORED THEIR OWN GUIDE : THE GUIDE FOR CROWN PROSECUTORS - [download]

The Code for Crown Prosecutors - [download]

Comments

john gaffney

wren properties are the best company i have evre done work for.

Posted on 25/09/2006 at 01:24 by Anonymous

tradesmen

helen & conrad cheat tradesmen to.double act see the wife for the money.do your neighbours in wilmslow have this website.

Posted on 23/09/2006 at 00:42 by Anonymous

Come on Wren - Someone needs to take this Women off the streets-She is ripping peple off right left and centre- This site just is'nt enough to make people aware. There must be something else that can be done!!

Posted on 20/09/2006 at 11:37 by Anonymous

MS

As a member of the general public and someone who has been blatantly "ripped off" by Helen Armstrong to the tune of a significant amount of money... All I can say is this woman is a menace to society and should be stopped before other unsuspecting, honest, trusting and good people are taken down by her. This woman will stop at nothing to fulfill her insatiable and pathological greed. If Helen Armstrong had been prosecuted I, and many others like me, would be much better off. How the courts came to the conclusion that it was not in interests of the general public to prosecute, I despair.

Posted on 07/07/2006 at 16:32 by Anonymous for now

Mr

I have a business in Chorlton where Mrs Armstrong is based, she has a unfavourable reputation and not just for being a fraudster!!!!

Posted on 29/06/2006 at 12:08 by Anonymous

It is said that she has trouble keeping her staff at Sherlock Homes - And i believe that a certain recruitment company are taking her to court with regards to unpaid monies!!!

Posted on 03/03/2006 at 13:01 by Anonymous

In answer to the previously posted question. Mrs Armstorng had already made her money off the back of Wren buying properties of her own, I think the question asked at the time was (how in the world can she afford to do what she is doing) Well we all have the answer! Its sad really that people like her will go to such lenghts and steal from others! Who said that crime does'nt pay! Not a very nice women by all accounts. Not liked at all I'm told. Who knows maybe she's happy.

Posted on 02/03/2006 at 09:54 by Anonymous

 

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