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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