A former university dean and his secret lover who fraudulently gained more than £500,000 from their employer have each been jailed for five years.
Robert Smedley, 52, created a role for Christopher Joynson, 34, when he was the dean of the faculty of education at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, Lancashire.
Smedley did not declare their relationship to the university and claimed the pair were just friends.
He failed to carry out background checks on his partner which would have revealed Joynson had previously received two police cautions for lying on job applications, police said.
Joynson himself embellished his application for "partner development officer" at Edge Hill by lying about his relevant work experience.
During Joynson's employment he invoiced the university for several hours of work that he had not completed as he transferred about £200,000 into Smedley's bank account.
Finance workers at the university became suspicious when an accountant noticed a large consultancy payment being made to the same bank account as a member of staff's salary.
Both defendants, of Frankby Road, West Kirkby, were found guilty earlier this month by a jury at Liverpool Crown Court of defrauding the university out of £513,000.
Following sentencing on Monday, Detective Constable David Wainwright of Lancashire Police's economic crime unit said:
A spokeswoman for Edge Hill University said: