Friday, 15 July 2011

Senior Gwynedd councillor charged with stealing from Post Office he ran

A COUNCILLOR has been charged with stealing more than £53,000 from the Post Office he ran.

Plaid Cymru’s Dewi Eirwyn Lewis, who represents Penrhyndeudraeth on Gwynedd Council, runs Siop Dewi, a general shop in the village’s High Street and which also contains a sub-post office.

He has been ordered to appear before magistrates at Dolgellau later this month.

The charge of theft against Mr Lewis alleges he stole “cash to the value of £53,629.09 belonging to Post Office Limited” at Penrhyndeudraeth between August 31 last year and March 15 this year.

A Gwynedd Council spokeswoman said: “If the individual is found guilty of an offence which carries a sentence of three months or more of imprisonment – an offence of this kind disqualifies an individual from being a councillor for a period of five years.”

My comment: I can't believe that a councillor can be found guilty of a serious offence but keep their job as long as they don't get longer than a three months sentence. This is the second case in a few weeks in which proves a councillor can keep their job even if found guilty of a serious offence.

Read the full story from the source Daily Post

UPDATE 28th July 2011: Ex-Gwynedd councillor Dewi Lewis admits £53,000 theft.

A Gwynedd county councillor who admitted stealing more than £53,000 while a sub-post master has resigned.

Dewi Lewis, who ran the post office in Penrhyndeudraeth, took the money to try to keep afloat his business, Siop Dewi, Dolgellau magistrates heard.

Lewis will be sentenced at Caernarfon Crown Court on 25 August.

My comment: At least he's had the decency to resign at last. 

Read the full story from the source BBC News

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