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PremierLeague-News.Com - Police are investigating allegations of fraud against Anthony Atherton, an inquest into his death heard

Manchester news Man found dead days after £250k 'irregularities' uncovered at work Manchester united news

PremierLeague-News.Com - Police are investigating allegations of fraud against Anthony Atherton, an inquest into his death heard

Manchester news Man found dead days after £250k 'irregularities' uncovered at work Manchester united news
13 January 2021 - 06:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A finance manager was found dead on a farm days after 'financial irregularities' were discovered at the GP service where he worked, an inquest has heard. Anthony Atherton, 42, had worked for BARDOC, the out-of-hours medical service for Rochdale, Bury and Bolton, for 15 years and rose through the ranks to the position of business and finance manager. But in August of last year, he learned from a colleague that a review had uncovered financial irregularities at the service. Three days later, he was found hanged at a farm, off Woodgate Avenue in Bury. An inquest into his death at Rochdale Coroners Court was today told that police were now investigating allegations of fraud against Mr Atherton, of Rowans Street, Bury. A coroner ruled that Anthony Atherton's death was 'suicide' (Image: Facebook) Detective Inspector Alison Witkiewicz, from Greater Manchester Police, told the hearing that BARDOC had reported allegations of fraud against Mr Atherton to police in September, a month after his death. She explained that the allegations involved a sum of about £250,000, and related to a period between April 2015 and June 2020. The report was made to police after a member of staff was brought in to review BARDOC's finances last April. "On August 11, the member of staff informed Mr Atherton of these irregularities," said DI Witkiewicz. "He was informed he would not be allowed to do part of his job." DI Witkiewicz explained that the police investigation into the allegations was still ongoing. Read More Related Articles Drugs gang imported cocaine and heroin worth millions hidden in pallets of fruit and veg, court hears Read More Related Articles Sign up for the MEN's free daily newsletter Mr Atherton's mother, Jeanette, said the allegations did 'not sound like him at all' and described her son as a 'sociable' person with a 'wide circle of friends'. "He was the life and soul of the party," she added. "He was very generous to any of his close friends who needed his help." She told the hearing that her son had a 'high work ethic' and had worked as a care assistant prior to taking up a managerial role at BARDOC. She said the last time she had spoken to him was via text messages on the evening of August 13, and she had 'no cause for concern'. However, the inquest heard that in the months leading up to his death, Mr Atherton had raised concerns with HR after hearing that a new manager was due to be brought into BARDOC with her own team. His partner, Todderick Marsh, revealed that Mr Atherton's workload had increased due to the Covid-19 pandemic and had led to him putting in extra hours. He said Mr Atherton had also made a complaint about a colleague about a week prior to his death. Rochdale Coroners Court Mr Marsh said he had known Mr Atherton for about four years and described him as a 'fun, happy person who got on with everybody'. He revealed they had made plans to buy a house together where they would have space to keep Mr Atherton's horses. "I'm not aware that he had any issues," said Mr Marsh in a statement.

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. "I have no idea why Tony did what he has done." The inquest heard that after finishing work on August 13, Mr Atherton headed to Boar Edge Farm, in Bury, where he kept his horses in a stable He called Mr Marsh to say he would be late home. While at the farm, Mr Atherton collected some milk from Deborah Cooper, a friend who lived there, shortly after 7.40pm. The pair chatted for 10 minutes and Mr Atherton confided in her that he was having a 'tough time' at work and had put in a grievance against a colleague. Mrs Cooper said he had seemed 'his normal self' and later returned to the stable. Throughout the course of that evening, Mr Atherton and Mr Marsh exchanged several text messages before the latter then fell asleep. Mr Marsh awoke at 2am and tried to ring Mr Atherton after becoming concerned that he had not replied to his latest texts. However, there was no answer and Mr Marsh went back to sleep. He woke up again at 6.30am and, still not having heard from his partner, sent a text to Mrs Cooper asking her to check his horse box. She went down to the stables where she discovered Mr Atherton's body. Pathologist Dr Sami Titi gave Mr Atherton's cause of death as asphyxia due to hanging. The court heard that following her son's death, Mrs Atherton had become concerned about sums of money regularly being withdrawn from his bank account, but she put it down to him having work done on his home. Sign up to the free MyBury email newsletter Get news updates from Bury direct to your email inbox with the free MyBury newsletter. Simply click on this link, enter your email address, and select 'MyBury News' She said she was not aware of him having any debts and that he had always been a 'saver'. Recording a verdict that Mr Atherton's death was 'suicide', senior coroner Joanne Kearsley said: "He was giving people the appearance that he was absolutely fine. "Very tragically there is clearly something on his mind that he might be aware is going to come out." Addressing Mr Atherton's family, Ms Kearsley said: "I can't answer why, and I can't answer the questions you need to know around that investigation and what is going on. "His death must have been so shocking for you as a family, then to hear a month or so later about the investigation, you must have so many questions that don't make sense to you."

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Manchester news Man found dead days after £250k 'irregularities' uncovered at work Manchester united news


Manchester news Man found dead days after £250k 'irregularities' uncovered at work Manchester united news


Manchester news Man found dead days after £250k 'irregularities' uncovered at work Manchester united news


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