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Former Cambridge academic pleads guilty to £2m energy fraud

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An academic and former employee of the University of Cambridge has pleaded guilty to defrauding green energy funders—including Innovate UK and the former Department of Energy and Climate Change—of over £2 million.

Engineer Ehsan Abdi-Jalebi, a former fellow at Churchill College, received funds through his company Wind Technologies and three linked firms. The funding included grants from DECC and Innovate UK.

Appearing at Southwark Crown Court on 12 October, the academic pleaded guilty to 13 counts of fraud. He pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of justice.

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