An unnamed company that provides rural electric power in rural England has been accused of fraudulently billing the Crown Estate for its own power, an investigation has found.
The Crown Estate was approached by a man claiming to be the owner of a company that provided rural electricity and charging stations, but the company denied it.
“We don`t believe the companies and we`re not going to do business with them,” a spokesperson from the Crown said in a statement.
“There are very serious charges against us for these charges.”
The Crown said it was unable to comment further.
“The allegations of fraud are completely unacceptable and we will pursue the matter to the full extent of the law,” the spokesperson said.
The inquiry was launched following the Crown`s receipt of a letter from the person, who claimed to be a former Crown employee.
The letter said he had made contact with a “former” Crown employee who said he could give the Crown a “good estimate” of the value of the electricity that the person supplied.
“I am very sorry that you are having such a difficult time with your life as you have been with the Crown,” the letter said.
“This is a very serious charge and the person has stated that it is a fraudulent business.”
The letter also said the person would “get the money back”.
“I cannot accept that you will not be able to pay this off.”
A spokesman for the Crown, who would not give his name, said the matter was “not yet closed” and would be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service.
“While we are investigating, we have asked the Department of Energy and Climate Change to conduct a full and independent review into this matter,” the spokesman said.