Wife of former Greenvale director jailed after Sainsbury’s corrupction scam says thanks for messages of support
THE former finance director of Greenvale, based at Floods Ferry, was jailed for three years on Friday for his part in a multi-million pound scam involving lavish hospitality provided to a Sainsbury’s potato buyer. Andrew Behagg, 60, of London Road, Chatteris, had denied a charge of corruption but a jury found him guilty last month. Following his sentencing on Friday, wife Lynda Behagg thanked the hundreds of people who have sent her messages of support.
BECAUSE of the offensive media coverage of my husband’s case, I feel I should let it be known that he is a good and honourable man, extremely well liked by all who know him.
He has always been a good friend to many and a willing volunteer to numerous organisations in Chatteris and his help for them will be considerably missed.
It was fully accepted in court that he personally received nothing from the crime, neither financially nor socially, and that he never attended any hospitality functions. The judge also stated that Andy did not instigate the crime.
Sadly, dull defence facts do not make such exciting media headlines as prosecution allegations.
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The extent of his co-defendants’ lavish lifestyle was purposefully hidden from Andy by them – had he known what was happening and, therefore, seen the whole picture, he would never have allowed it to continue.
Contrary to media speculation, Andy never once met with John Maylam, nor indeed had any contact with him at any time, apart from seeing him across a room during a presentation.
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The largest single area of hospitality/entertaining, including the infamous Monaco Grand Prix, was deliberately concealed from him.
An extract from an e-mail sent to me by an employee states: “I have never worked with anyone with such honesty and integrity as Andy and my opinion has not and will not change.”
In court, the judge spoke of Andy’s impeccable character which actually went over and above that of a typical person. He spoke of his incredible contribution to Chatteris by his voluntary work much of which has gone on for more than 30 years, all without financial gain.
I am very proud of the most dignified manner in which my husband has conducted himself throughout this four-year nightmare. I would take this opportunity to thank the hundreds of people who have called, phoned, sent cards and in particular given their support for Andy and the whole family.
We very much appreciate everyone’s help and concern during a very difficult time.