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Ex-councillor rapped in expenses probe

A FORMER Ceredigion councillor who wrongly claimed council expenses over an 11-year period had “a casual approach to making expense claims”, a tribunal panel has ruled.

David Evans, who represented the Llangeitho ward between 1999 and 2012, has been rapped by the Adjudication Panel for Wales which criticised his claims, which included over-stating mileage claims, claiming mileage for journeys he made by train or taxi and claiming expenses for a meal for his wife during a trip to Belfast.

Mr Evans, who stood down shortly before the 2012 election, has been banned from being a councillor for three months by the panel.

In 2011, it emerged that Mr Evans had repaid the council just over £5,100, partly for travel expenses he had claimed as council chairman shortly after the regulations were changed, but also for what he then described as “minor discrepancies” in mileage expenses between 1999 and 2010.

Following that review, the police and CPS ruled that a police investigation was not necessary.

However, the adjudication panel met in August this year after receiving a report from the ombudsman follow-ing a complaint by Llanddewi Brefi resident Ray Daniel about Mr Evans over-claiming expenses.

Mr Evans claimed that any errors were because he had not been made aware of the regulations by council staff and had not understood the system.

He also suggested in a letter that any errors were ultimately the responsibility of council officers, as they ruled on the claims.

Source from:  http://www.cambrian-news.co.uk/news/i/34345/

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