Council official admits recieving £1000s in backhanders for contracts
A former Exeter City Council housing official has admitted receiving thousands of pounds in backhanders from building suppliers.
Anthony Bodgin, 63, pleaded guilty to a series of charges which alleged he conspired with private firms to help them get contracts for work on current or former council houses.
The retired council officer from Tiverton may have to wait months before he learns his sentence because three others have denied their involvement in the plot and will be tried next year.
One of the other four defendants also admitted conspiracy to steal from Exeter City Council.
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The charges against all the defendants allege they were involved in the corrupt awarding of contracts for energy assessments and insulation work which was not carried out or scaffolding contracts.
Former Exeter City Council special projects and tenant liaison manager Bodgin, of Melbourne Street, Tiverton, admitted a total of eight counts including theft, fraud, conspiracy and misuse of his public office.
He admitted receiving payments running into hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Harold McGirl, 63, of Southbourne Road, St Austell, admitted one count relating to a payment of £5,000 to Bodgin to secure a £81,000 contract.
Building contractor Kevin Wingrave, 50, of Periwinkle Drive, Plymouth, denied five counts of conspiracy to steal. His partner Lynda McMayon, 56, of the same address, denied one similar charge.
Gary Rawlings, 57, of Langford, Biggleswade, denied conspiracy to steal from Exeter City Council.
The charges relate to work done by a number of firms for Exeter City Council and the Devon Tenants Partnership Group between 2005 and 2010.
Companies including First Scaffolding, MAC Services, Miller Pattison ltd, were allegedly paid £700,000 of public money.
The court appearances follow a lengthy police inquiry codenamed Operation Bathgate.
Judge Francis Gilbert, QC adjourned all the cases for a further hearing next month at which it is hoped a trial date can be set.