Devon

Builder Kevin Wingrave admits bribing council boss

A builder paid £262,000 to a corrupt council official to secure contracts, a court has heard.

Kevin Wingrave, 51, paid manager Anthony Bodgin to get repair or maintenance work on council houses in Exeter, the court was told.

Wingrave, from Plymouth, admitted five counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office between 2006 and 2010.

Bodgin, 63, from Tiverton, has admitted accepting the corrupt payments.

Exeter Crown Court has heard Bodgin accepted the cash for contracts when he was a senior official in Exeter City Council's housing department.

Cash for work

The former special projects and tenant liaison manager has admitted a total of eight counts including theft, fraud, conspiracy and misuse of his public office.

Wingrave paid Bodgin a total of £262,746 to secure work for three companies and three individuals, the court heard.

The first charge relates to a payment of £129,846 to Bodgin to secure a contract for a firm called Miller Pattison to fit roof vents to council homes in Exeter.

The second related to a payment of £500 to obtain work for a scaffolding firm. The third related to a £5,000 payment to get £11,550 work for himself and £81,220 for builder Harold McGirl.

The fourth count concerns a payment of £99,406 to Bodgin to obtain £1,200 work for Wingrave's partner Lynda McMayon, 56, and £280,724 work for his firm MAC surveying services.

The final count is of being involved with a £28,000 payment to secure £88,830 work for Gary Rawlings.

McGirl, 63, of Southbourne Road, St Austell, has also admitted one count relating to the payment of £5,000 to Bodgin to secure the £81,000 contract.

Wingrave and Bodgin will be sentenced at the end of a trial which is due to start next month of two other people who face similar charges.

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