“The sustained high levels of aggression shown by Mr Bujak were quite extraordinary.”Right thinking people will be astonished and appalled to discover what Mr Bujak did in taking advantage as the CEO.”Dugdale was spared jail for VAT fraud after Judge Peter Testar described him as a “decent man who was led into this by others.” Several other family reunions costing nearly £2,000 each time were also labelled on bank statements in this way. The chief executive of an education charity who used the company credit card to splash out on a his honeymoon and paintings at Bonhams auction house has been jailed for six years.Philip Bujak, 58, swindled more than £180,000 from the Montessori organisation to fund his luxury lifestyle and four family reunions at a four star hotel.Bujak, who earned up to £170,000 a year as CEO from 2003 until mid-2014, also arranged kickbacks with a friend who owned a printing company to overcharge Montessori around £60,000.His most lucrative scam came from the sale of Montessori’s St Nicholas Prep school, at Princes Gate – a £13m property overlooking Hyde Park.Bujak used a company called Foris Fortuna to act as ‘agent’ in the sale of Princes Gate and net himself and Adrian Dugdale, 46, a total of around £150,000.The former army officer was finally rumbled when the charity’s finance officer noticed one supposed business trip coincided with his honeymoon.Bujak shook his head and sighed in the dock as he was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court.Judge Peter Testar, said: “Mr Bujak has an extremely strong personality – I think for the first time in my career, I saw a defendant bullying counsel. Bujak was issued with a company credit card shortly after joining the charity as Chief Executive Officer in 2003.He created false invoices to cover up personal spending on the company credit card, describing hotel bills and Selfridges shopping sprees as “conference” and “PR/advert”.Bujak even used the credit card to pay for restoration and framing of the watercolours of warships which he had bought at auction with the very same card.He billed Montessori four times between 2010 and 2013 for various “family reunions” at The De Vere hotel at Dunston Hall, in Norwich.”This hotel was a favourite haunt of the Bujak family,’ said prosecutor Benjamin Douglas-Jones QC.”On four occasions between 2010 and 2013 Mr Bujak, through the use of the credit card, paid for various family events that where held there.”He one bill for £465 on 2 October 2010 was for a “charity conference” when it was really for his mother’s 80th birthday party. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
- Former Montessori chief used charity credit card to pay for honeymoon and