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Last Updated: Friday, 23 September 2005, 13:50 GMT 14:50 UK
Heads jailed for school cash scam
Two ex-head teachers have been jailed after fleecing thousands of pounds from school funds for deprived youngsters.

Howard White, 54, and Philip Rodgers, 50, conspired with builder Philip Wright to defraud Rotherham council over building work at their schools.

White was jailed for three years and nine months, while Rodgers and Wright were imprisoned for a year each.

Judge Roger Keen QC at Sheffield Crown Court told White: "You are a hypocrite, an embezzler.. arrogant and dishonest."

He said: "You used your position within the school to milk funds that were intended for the after-care of, and trips for, deprived pupils."

Trips fund plundered

The court heard that the men made money from falsely inflated quotes submitted by Wright.

Father-of-two White, who was head at East Dene Junior School, was also convicted of stealing more than 10,000 from funds intended to help youngsters go on trips and provide an after-school club.

He was jailed on Friday for a total of three years and nine months and ordered to pay 22,000 costs.

Rodgers, who was head of both Dalton Foljambe and High Greave Junior Schools, in Rotherham, was jailed for a year and ordered to pay 25,000 costs.

Builder Wright, 48, was also jailed for a year and ordered to pay 100,000 costs.

Janet Armeson, 47, a teaching assistant at East Dene school, was jailed for six months for conspiring with White to take cash from the after-school club.

White, of Columbus Court, Worksop; Rodgers, of Church Lane, Ravenfield, Rotherham; Wright, of Higham, Derbyshire; and Armeson, of Doncaster Road, Rotherham, had all denied the charges.

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