Saturday, 19 May 2012

Former Waveney District councillor's stun gun offence

Further to my earlier post Shamed Waveney district councillor quits Tories - but will stay on council

Andrew Draper has now been warned he could be jailed after admitting illegally possessing a stun gun.

Draper, 38, of Martin Close, Carlton Colville, pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited weapon – an electrical incapacitation device – on November 4 when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday.

Yesterday’s court appearance follows Draper’s arrest and guilty plea to drink-driving and assaulting a police officer last August and a further court appearance last November when he was ordered to pay £500 in fines and compensation after admitting sending an offensive email to a police officer.

Draper, who was a councillor for Worlingham, had sent the email to a Norfolk police sergeant after she told him that his complaint against Suffolk Constabulary over the manner of his arrest for drink-driving would not be upheld.

In the email, which was described in court as “abusive and threatening”, Draper accused the female sergeant of being fat, unattractive and open to corruption. Draper, a self-employed residential landlord, was fined £250 and ordered to pay £250 compensation to the officer.

My comment: Some people never learn do they?

Read the full story from the source EDP24

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Kent County Council Officer jailed for fraud

Further to my previous posts on the subject

Kent County Council’s Head of Energy Procurement charged with fraud (31st October 2011)

Kent County Council energy chief allegedly embezzled more than £2million (21st March 2012)

A senior official has been sentenced to seven years in prison for defrauding two million pounds from various local authorities. Ross Knowles was a high ranking manager at Kent County Council.

He was responsible for buying bulk gas and electricity. Kent County Council says the funds are currently being recovered and it has revised its controls to prevent something similar happening again.

View the video report from the source ITN News

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Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Council officer sacked after asking contractor for bribe

Further to my earlier posts Edinburgh City Council official sacked in contracts probe and Edinburgh City council suspends five members of staff amid inquiry.

Another Edinburgh City Council officer has been sacked for trying to induce a bribe from a contractor.

It follows a £30 million local government probe into allegations of corruption, mismanagement and fraud.
The officer was caught asking a council repairs contractor for money towards a holiday, reports The Scotsman.

He asked the unnamed firm for a four-figure sum after the corruption probe began. The company, which did not hand over the money, raised the alarm with the council.

Police and external auditors have been investigating claims that employees from the local authority’s repair service for urgent work, the Property Conservation division, diverted building repair jobs to favoured contractors and accepted bribes.

So far this has led to the sackings of seven staff and the on-going suspension of another 13.

My comment: The problem is that in many cases the contractor would not raise the alarm so this sort of behaviour in many councils goes unreported.

Read the full story from the source The Construction Index

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