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Sheffield piano teacher guilty of faking exams

Music teacher Helen Smith outside Sheffield Magistrates' Court

Music teacher Helen Smith outside Sheffield Magistrates' Court

A Sheffield music teacher has been found guilty of enlisting the help of a phony official to conduct sham piano exams at her home.

Helen Smith, 42, was found guilty of six counts of fraud by abuse of position and one charge of fraud by false representation at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court this morning.

She put on a series of fraudulent examinations for five students at her house in Pickard Crescent, Stradbroke, Sheffield on December 15, 2012. She also wrote to the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music to claim a full refund for one of her students for a separate cancelled examination on the grounds the woman’s father had died - something that was not true.

Smith will be sentenced on June 11 after reports are completed.

 
 
 

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