A salesman has defrauded the University of Edinburgh of millions in an elaborate scam

A salesman was jailed on Friday, May 24, after carrying out a £3.3 million scam against a university after conspiring with a senior manager at the institution.

Aasim Johar, 53, while working with Geoff Turnbull, set up a fraudulent scheme to obtain hospitality, vouchers, money and goods at the expense of the University of Edinburgh.




During the ten years, goods were ordered and paid for, even though they were not needed and were not always delivered. The total fraud amounted to £3,338,943, with a further attempted fraud worth £136,478.

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Johar, known to Turnbull as Alan Scott, received an eight percent commission on the escalating sales to the university and Turnbull received gifts, hospitality and vouchers.

When police searched the home of Turnbull, the former deputy director of estates and buildings at the University of Edinburgh, in Rhodes Park, in North Berwick, East Lothian, in April 2016, they found gift vouchers for Tesco, a voucher for Next, Marks and Spencer vouchers and a gift certificate to Rocco Forte Hotels.

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