Gourmet and luxury-loving crook of Hull who liked to disguise himself as a woman
Overdone make-up, a bouncy curly red wig and revealing bold clothes – Dimitri Reeder loved dressing like a woman and being the center of attention.
He posed and placed the photos all over Facebook – no doubt to garner as many comments and likes as he could. Indeed, in this case, he put on a black floral dress to pass himself off as one of his daughters on the occasion of his birthday.
The greedy and luxury-loving scammer hasn’t thought of playing the clown on social media, but it’s certainly no laughing matter for the taxpayers on the council who have been cheated by around £ 500,000.
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The cynical and brazen scam he and his wife, Claire Reeder, have enthusiastically orchestrated for several years is no joke to Hull City Council and East Riding Council.
Families of vulnerable or elderly people who need sometimes very rare adult care and municipal taxpayers who have been suffering for a long time and who will have lost several thousand pounds will not be laughed at.
Reeder and his wife were jailed at Hull Crown Court on Wednesday for a total of almost 11 years between them.
The loss to Hull City Council was at least £ 200,097 and to East Riding Council £ 204,952 – but the real real fraud was almost certainly much more.
The fraud involved grossly inflating invoices submitted for the supply of agency staff to the Hull and East Riding nursing homes.
The couple ran two employment agencies, Proactive Health Partnership Ltd and Angels Careforce Ltd, and billed a considerable number of hours that were never actually worked. The invoices have been manipulated.
The court was told the total fraud could have been closer to £ 500,000 than the investigation’s “generous” figure of just £ 405,000.
The judge condemned the couple’s “pure greed” in the outbreak of blatant and scandalously brazen frauds.
Dimitri Reeder, 52, of Kingsway, Cottingham, has denied two fraud offenses involving Hull City Council between April 2011 and April 2013 and East Riding Council between July 2013 and March 2015.
He also denied the false accounting on February 24, 2015 by forging a document for accounting purposes.
Reeder was convicted by a jury of the two fraud offenses, but was cleared of false accounting.
His wife, Claire Reeder, 40, had previously pleaded guilty, at a hearing in May, to the two fraud offenses.
Dimitri Reeder was jailed for six years and Claire Reeder was jailed for four years and nine months.
They attempted to claim in an interview with the police that it must have been the fault of the complex systems in place to submit invoices for payment.
Dimitri Reeder tried to bluff throughout the trial with a “bundle of lies” and showed no remorse.
It became clear that he loved the high life and plundered the company of annual “drawings” between £ 100,000 and £ 120,000 for four years.
These so-called “drawings” were, in fact, the product of the long-standing scam where hugely inflated bills were submitted to the councils.
Dimitri Reeder “attaches great importance to material wealth”, but asserted that the expenses were intended for everyday life and not for extravagant luxuries.
But the prosecution told the court: “It’s everyday life but everyday life that must have been at a relatively high standard.”
That was an understatement, as mind-boggling amounts of money were involved in the fraud.
The judge asked where all the money had gone, but there was no satisfactory answer.
He had just disappeared, with a constant and incessant flow of expenses, whether they were daily or not.
Claire Reeder may have at least shown conscience by pleading guilty in May to fraud instead of fighting a lawsuit.
This considerably shortened the length of the trial and it was left to Dimitri Reeder to take his chance and try to put the show in the jury’s eyes.
He accepted the challenge with relish, but the jury quickly understood.
He was sent to review the evidence just after noon, but at 2 p.m. the message went out that there were verdicts.
This time will undoubtedly have included a lunch break of about an hour.
But Dimitri Reeder’s bet was partially successful because he was cleared of false accounting despite the guilty verdicts on two fraud offenses.
Claire Reeder’s guilty pleas saved her from a longer prison sentence as she got a 20% reduction on her prison sentence, which is four years and nine months instead of the six years for her husband.
He could not be given any credit for his guilty pleas.
But Claire Reeder was called a “cynical manipulator” and the judge said that an “uneducating aspect” of the case was the “delight” they took in making huge sums of money.
The Reeders have dubbed their scam “Dodge City” and a special file has been kept with details of the latest profits.
Claire Reeder bragged in an email to her husband: “According to recent calculations, we will be at 90,000 (aka Dodge City)”.
She wrote in big letters “90 f *** in k” and Dimitri Reeder would have answered: “F *** in hell. Ya louche b ***** d. I love you.”
In a blatant fraud, Hull City Council was billed £ 46,188 – a whopping 1,111% markup – for hours actually worked which were only worth £ 3,812.
Claire Reeder told Dimitri Reeder in an email: “Woooohooooo, yesterday I spent 116 hours in Dodge City and everything just got approved, all at the old nightly rate too, probably 2k there- down lol. “
She told him, “I knew it would end well !! Fantastic huh I’m very happy baby. A chufty badge is required I think lol.”
Dimitri Reeder replied: “An extra large double-sided badge with bells and neon lights and everything, I think.”
Clown and humor have never been far away, again.
It was a bit of a laugh for them at the time.
They couldn’t believe the scam was so easy after finding and exploiting a loophole in their dubious bill verification system.
But the joke is finally on them as they consider the next few years behind bars.
Laughter will be scarce when the dark and depressing reality of spending hours and hours every day in their cells sets in.
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