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Music teacher pleads guilty to fake examinations fraud

- 17 January 2014

Low grade behaviour: Claire Thompson pleaded guilty to 14 counts of fraud

Low grade behaviour: Claire Thompson pleaded guilty to 14 counts of fraud

A music teacher has pleaded guilty to 16 charges of fraud, having lied about entering pupils in official music exams and instead keeping the fees for herself.

Claire Thompson’s lawyer pleaded guilty on her behalf to 14 offences of fraud by false representation and two further counts of using a false instrument, at Lisburn Magistrates Court, Northern Ireland, on 16 January, reports the Belfast Telegraph.

Thompson, 25, appears to have represented herself as an examiner or ‘registered teacher’ for the London College of Music, entering six pupils into exams which were not, in fact, related to that institution.

The two counts of using a false instrument are related to Thompson’s providing a fake Grade 4 certificate to the family of one pupil as proof of her having achieved the qualification; and providing a false marksheet for another pupil, again as proof of their performance in a Grade 4 examination.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for 13 February.

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