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Sunderland businesswoman jailed for speeding points scam

Anne Ganley
Image caption Ganley received an OBE in recognition of her services to employment, industry, her local community and her charity work

An award-winning businesswoman who paid employees to take speeding points on her behalf has been jailed.

Anne Ganley, 59, who was awarded an OBE in 2013, admitted 14 offences spanning more than five years.

She was jailed for 30 months at Newcastle Crown Court after she admitted perverting the course of justice.

Eleven others, including her son Brent, were also sentenced for their part in the scam.

The court Ganley heard would offer cash to her workers if they took the points for her.

A former head of builders' merchants Thompson & Sons Ltd, she received an OBE in recognition of her services to employment in 2013.

In the same year, the former North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year was declared bankrupt after a winding-up petition from HM Revenue and Customs forced her company into administration.

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Image caption Ganley offered cash to her workers, including one who was a pensioner, if they took speeding points for her

After sentencing, Supt Nicola Musgrove of Northumbria Police said she "shattered her reputation" and "abused her authority" to criminalise "decent people".

Those convicted were:

  • Anne Ganley, 59, of The Cedars, Ashbrooke, Sunderland, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
  • Brent Ganley, 39, of Biddick Lane, Washington, was found guilty after trial and was sentenced to nine months in prison.
  • Thomas Barraclough, 68, of Castlereagh Street, Sunderland, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months in prison.
  • Joseph Dobbie, 71, of Tudor Grove, Sunderland, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months suspended for 18 months.
  • Gavin Hazard, 35, of Westheath Avenue, Sunderland, was found guilty after trial and was sentenced to 12 months suspended for 18 months and 100 hours of unpaid work.
  • Michael Turner, 50, of Drumoyne Close, East Herrington, was found guilty after trial and was sentenced to nine months prison suspended 18 months and 120 hours of unpaid work.
  • Ruth Pilmore, 62, of Portman Square, Sunderland, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five months suspended for 18 months and 100 hours of unpaid work.
  • James Green, 63, of Londonderry Tower, Sunderland, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six month suspended 18 months and 80 hours of unpaid work.
  • Michael Flynn, 56, of Londonderry Tower, Sunderland, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to eight months suspended for 18 months and 120 hours of unpaid work.
  • Kelly Todd, 35, of Sea View, Sunderland, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months suspended for 18 months and 100 hours of unpaid work.
  • David Elliot, 38, of Gardiner Square, Sunderland, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months suspended for 18 months and 100 hours of unpaid work.
  • Wayne Cullen, 44, of Victoria Street, Hetton-Le-Hole, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months suspended for 18 months and 100 hours of unpaid work.

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