Thursday, 6 December 2012

Former councillor admits £70k fraud

The case comes just months after the ex-Castle ward Conservative councillor, who had also previously stood as a Liberal Democrat, was barred from practising as a solicitor in a separate incident.

This involved a Solicitors Regulation Authority report, which banned him from all legal work after finding that while working as a process server for several firms, he abandoned sensitive documents at his former residence.

Mark O’Keeffe, 41, of Trent Road, Goring-by-Sea, who runs a legal consultancy firm, admitted stealing and spending a total of £70,000 from a client who had made an investment intended to be put into a property portfolio.

Read the full story from the source Worthing Herald

Former Lincolnshire councillor admits perverting course of justice

A FORMER East Lindsey District Councillor admitted a charge of perverting the course of justice when he appeared before Lincoln Crown Court.

Andrew Ferryman, ............, pleaded guilty to give false details after a vehicle he was driving was caught by a speed camera in February 2011.

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Group leader calls for councillor to step down over fraud admission

The leader of Harrow Borough Council’s Conservative group has called for a councillor who pleaded guilty to fraud to stand down.

Councillor Susan Hall has said that she believes Cllr David Gawn, representative for Harrow-on-the-Hill, should stand down after admitting the offence at Harrow Crown Court on Monday.

The charge related to an incident last summer when Gawn posted a £7,000 cheque in the name of Dennis O’Brien to a bank employee.

It is said that he “dishonestly and intentionally made a representation which was untrue or misleading.”

Read the full story from the source Harrow Times

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Police Officer Faces Sack For Indecent Images

A police officer could be sacked before his next court appearance after pleading guilty to making and possessing indecent images of children.

PC Christopher Little (33) pleaded guilty to six charges of making indecent images of children and one of possessing an indecent image of a child at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court.

“Following his guilty plea he is to be the subject of a fast-track special case hearing which will take place before his next court appearance.”

Read the full story from the source Police Oracle

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Police team sacked for playing poker and backgammon and watching TV

When undercover officers hid cameras in a neighbourhood police base they were looking for evidence of serious crimes.

Instead the anti-corruption squad found their colleagues were spending their time playing cards and board games.

Now the shirkers have been axed after the extent of their taxpayer-funded time-wasting antics was revealed.

Hidden cameras and microphones revealed the safer neighbourhood team was so idle that members often did not even bother changing into their uniforms.

After lengthy misconduct proceedings a sergeant and a PC were dismissed last month after a disciplinary panel found them guilty of gross misconduct.

A second PC and all four of the team’s Police Community Support Officers resigned before they could be punished.

Read the full story from the source Mail-on-Line

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Policeman had sex with 'vulnerable' victims of crime while on duty

A former police officer has been jailed for two years for misconduct in a public office after admitting to having sexual relationships with victims of crime.

Former Nottinghamshire PC Simon Jones slept with one woman while on duty and in uniform after taking a statement at her home - and a second while on his way into work for a night shift.

After the case, senior officers said his behaviour was 'reprehensible' and a 'shocking abuse of power'.

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