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Former Exeter City Council housing officer charged over alleged payments


Colin Gibbs, senior lawyer in Special Crime Division for the Crown Prosecution Service, 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 individuals, not employed by Exeter City Council, have also been charged in connection with the allegations.

"Kevin Wingrave has been charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

"Les McGirl, Lyn McMayon and Garry Rawlings have each been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

"These decisions were taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and all five will appear before Exeter Magistrates Court on 2 July 2013."


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