Past cases

The council expects all people and organisations that are in any way associated with it to be honest, fair and act with integrity in all their dealings. Members and employees must also ensure that they avoid situations where there is potential for a conflict of interest. If you suspect somebody if falling short of these expectations, please contact us with details.

The examples below give you an idea of the variety of unacceptable behaviours that we have successfully investigated and acted on. Each case is investigated fully and dealt with in a measure way.

Case 1

The problem: An agency staff member fraudulently raised and cashed a cheque for £11,320 on a deceased person’s account.

The result: The agency staff member’s employment was terminated. She later pleaded guilty to theft and was sentenced at Crown Court to a 12 month suspended prison sentence, 200 hours unpaid work and a supervision order for 12 months.

Case 2

The problem: A staff member failed to bank cash amounting to more than £9,000.

The result: The staff member was dismissed, and subsequently sentenced at Crown Court to 160 hours of community service and ordered to repay all the cash stolen. New procedures were implemented within that area.

Case 3

The problem: A staff member significantly reduced his contractual working hours but continued to receive his full salary. He made no attempt to notify the council that he was being overpaid.

The result: The staff member was dismissed.

Case 4

The problem: A staff member submitted a fraudulent insurance claim against the council. Discrepancies were identified prior to settlement of claim and thus no financial benefit was gained.

The result: The staff member was dismissed.

Case 5

The problem: A staff member deliberately submitted falsified timesheets.

The result: The staff member was dismissed.

Case 6

The problem: A staff member took money from a till.

The result: The staff member was arrested by the Police and received a formal caution for theft. The staff member is no longer a council employee.

Case 7

The problem: A staff member deliberately submitted inaccurate, excessive mileage claim forms.

The result: The staff member received a first and final written warning.

This page was last updated on 3 October 2009

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