Sheffield hovercraft hoaxer jailed

Peter Hulbert, jailed for three years and ten months
Peter Hulbert, jailed for three years and ten months
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A hoaxer who tried to defraud £625,000 from the Welsh Government using his racing hovercraft project has been jailed.

Peter Hulbert, of Sheffield, forged documents in an attempt to get the Government to believe that he had financial backers in the USA for his racing hovercraft project and provide grant funding.

But Government staff discovered the 54-year-old’s con and complained to South Wales Police about the documents.

Hulbert was sentenced to three years and ten months in jail at Cardiff Crown Court on Tuesday.

Detective Inspector Dave Runnalls, head of South Wales Police’s economic crime unit, said after the hearing that the conviction showed how checks could protect public money.

He added:“By working in partnership with the Welsh Assembly Government we have secured this conviction.

“Mr Hulbert made a well planned but unsuccessful attempt to steal a substantial amount of grant money.

“It is an excellent example of how the Welsh Government can work to protect public money by ensuring thorough checks are made.”