Friday, 27 April 2012

Senior Met Police officer suspended for racial abuse

A Metropolitan Police inspector was arrested on Tuesday after an incident in Barnet, North London when the off-duty officer apparently swore at an innocent bystander.

The officer has now been suspended from duty while the case is being investigated by the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards.

There are now 12 reports of racism involving 19 officers and a civilian worker under investigation by Scotland Yard and the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

My comment: More bad news for the Met, it just keeps on getting worse.

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Thursday, 26 April 2012

Essex County Council expenses system had 'major flaws'

A report criticised the expenses system at Essex County Council when led by Lord Hanningfield, it has emerged.

An Audit Commission report, made public for the first time, expressed serious concerns about the system in 2009. It said there was a lack of control over corporate credit cards, gifts, hospitality and chauffeur-driven cars.

Lord Hanningfield was jailed over his parliamentary expenses last year. New rules are in place and the auditor said the council had improved.

The Audit Commission, which inspected the council in 2009, said there was no system to properly scrutinise or question expenses claims and that it was not always possible to establish if money had been spent appropriately and on council business.

The Conservative-controlled council also failed to promptly publish details of claims at the end of the financial year, which is required by law, the Audit Commission found.

My comment: He was jailed for his Parliamentary expenses so will he be jailed again for his Council expenses?

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Saturday, 7 April 2012

Gosport Borough Council fraudster behind bars for accounting scam

AN ACCOUNTANT who stole more than £300,000 from tax payers to fund a gambling habit has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Conway Warner was working as an accountancy officer for Gosport Borough Council when he carried out 17 fraudulent transactions which netted him a total of £307,810.15 over a nine-month period.

The fraud was not discovered until shortly after the 35-year-old took voluntary redundancy in June 2011.

Judge Ian Pearson said: ‘This was a long-term and fairly sophisticated fraud, it was a significant and gross breach of trust. Your job meant a high degree of trust was invested in you by your employers and you abused that.

‘What makes it worse is that you attempted to blame another colleague by using her details.

‘Gosport Borough Council is not a particularly large or rich authority and much of its area could be described as deprived.

‘This will have a significant effect on public confidence in local authorities.’

Gosport Borough Council’s leader, Cllr Mark Hook, said there was no loss to the public purse as the money was covered by insurance. But he added: ‘I hope this acts as a deterrent to anyone else in local authority public finance. We have put safeguards in place to ensure this never happens again.’

My comment: Where were the safeguards to stop it happening in the first place? 

Read the full story from the source The Portsmouth News