Sentencing has begun this week on the 10 A4e employees who were convicted of fraud last year. And, at last, the mainstream media have decided to take notice. The Guardian's report is restrained. The Independent goes into more detail, and reports a defendant's barrister as accusing the company of fostering "a culture of dishonesty". Perhaps the writer, Emily Dugan, has been reading this blog. She ends with a list of "previous A4e scandals", including a contract it lost in Teeside after forging signatures; the laptop containing personal data of clients stolen from an employee's home; and the Edinburgh case where a tribunal ruled that A4e were wrong to sanction a client who wanted to be accompanied by a representative.
The Mail, as we might expect, goes to town on the story, bringing Emma Harrison into it. Unfortunately, they get it wrong, saying that Harrison "was forced to step down from her role after fraud allegations first came to light in 2012". As we know, Harrison's downfall was nothing to do with the fraud.
Sentencing continues this week, and perhaps the papers won't bother to report the outcomes. But this is a bad way to get a decent price for the company as Harrison tries to sell it.