A BRITISH couple has been sentenced to a year each in prison for taking enrolment fees from parents despite knowing their private school was about to shut.
In 2005, a foundation which the man managed was created to deal with the Estepona school’s accounts. To improve it, an entity was created the following year which was run by his wife.
In 2007, they asked parents for enrolment and first term fees even though they knew that the rental contract on the premises of the school they owned had expired. The landlord did not wish to maintain the agreement, meaning the school would have to shut.
The money handed over by the parents added up to €33,631, which the couple kept. Now they have been ordered to pay €1,800 back to each child’s parents.
Malaga Provincial Court has sentenced them to prison for fraud although they will not do time inside because they do not have a criminal record. They accepted the sentence.