Devon

Misconduct charge for Exeter council worker

A former officer at a Devon council has been charged for allegedly making and receiving unauthorised payments of £700,000 while he was an employee.

Anthony Bodgin, 63, from Tiverton, who worked for the housing department of Exeter City Council, is accused of nine charges linked to the alleged payments.

It has been claimed they were made between October 2005 and January 2011.

He is facing several charges including theft, conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office and fraud.

Colin Gibbs, a senior lawyer in Special Crime Division for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: "Having carefully considered all the available evidence I have decided there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Anthony Bodgin for allegedly making and receiving unauthorised payments of over £700,000 whilst an employee of Exeter City Council.

"Mr Bodgin faces nine charges, including two counts of theft, four counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, two counts of misconduct in public office and one count of fraud in relation to the alleged payments made between October 2005 and January 2011."

Four other people, not employed by the local authority, are also facing charges, the CPS said.

Kevin Wingrave, 50, from Plymouth, has been charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, while Les McGirl, 63, from St Austell, Lyn McMayon, 56, from Plymouth, and Garry Rawlings, 56, from Bedfordshire, have each been charged with one count.

All five are due to appear at Exeter Magistrates' Court on 2 July.

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