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Swindler who conned Government out of $2m could lose pension

Jeffrey Bevan (File photograph)

A conman who stole $2 million from the Government could be ordered to make further payments to clear the debt.

Jeffrey Bevan, 55, from Wales, embezzled the money while employed in the Accountant-General's office between 2011 and 2013.

Hired to implement a new finance system, Bevan siphoned off millions of dollars through more than 50 fraudulent payments into his bank account, and manipulated the system to cover his tracks.

His crime spree was uncovered after he returned to Britain. In 2018 he was jailed for seven years and ordered to pay back $820,000.

A court heard how Bevan spent the money building up a property portfolio in Britain. The cash was also used to fund an extravagant lifestyle of exotic holidays and luxury cars. Bevan also wasted away $500,000 on gambling.

Bevan paid off part of that sum in 2020. But after his release from prison this year, prosecutors in Britain are seeking further payments through his pension fund.

A report in The Times newspaper said: “Having served half his sentence, Bevan was released from prison but returned to court this week as prosecutors sought to reclaim the stolen funds.

“They are seeking money from Bevan’s pension now that he is aged 55 so that they can give more money to his victims. Cardiff Crown Court was told that Bevan believed it was ‘unjust’ to revisit the sum owed but prosecutors have asked for another hearing.”

According to the report, Judge David Wynn Morgan ordered Bevan to appear in court next month so that a new hearing date could be set.

In a separate case last year, Bevan was sentenced to 18 months for stealing £50,000 from his mother. He was ordered to pay £33,333.34 in compensation to his brother Jason.