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Denis MacShane:

Rothpol links:

Read The MacShane Files. There are far too many to list here.

Malfeasance, Misfeasance & Misconduct in Public Office:

Eric Manns:

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Rose McNeely:

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National Local Government Forum Against Poverty:

Council chief in row over trip rooms

Yorkshire Post, Published on Monday 27 October 2003

A NEW council leader who made a false expenses claim – he says by mistake – was at the centre of fresh criticism last night after it emerged he had spent three nights in hotels paid for out of public funds, courtesy of a corrupt former political ally.

The Yorkshire Post has learnt that Roger Stone, the leader of Rotherham Council, was provided with the hotel accommodation by Garvin Reed, the authority’s former deputy leader who is serving a three-year jail term for masterminding the misuse of 172,000 of public money intended to help the poor. Read on……

£25,000 ‘pay bonus’ for jailed ex-council chief

Yorkshire Post, Published on Friday 11 July 2003

THE jailed former deputy leader of Rotherham Council picked up £25,000 in allowances in spite of being banned from the Town Hall for his involvement in a scandal involving the use of public money to pay for prostitutes.

Garvin Reed was able to claim the money over a three-and-a-half-year period during which he attended only 12 minor area assembly meetings and was barely active as a councillor at all. In effect, his publicly-funded rate of pay worked out at over 2,000 per meeting. Read on……..

Council to write off £191,000 from disgraced poverty Forum

Yorkshire Post, Published on Sunday 6 July 2003

A COUNCIL at the centre of a scandal involving the use of public money to pay for prostitutes is to write off a loss of almost £200,000, after admitting it will never be able to recover the squandered funding.

Rotherham Council provided about 500,000 to help set up the National Local Government Forum Against Poverty in 1994, which collapsed in public disgrace four years later, when it emerged thousands of pounds intended to help the poor had instead been used to pay for booze-fuelled high-living. Read on……

Council to write off £191,000 from disgraced poverty Forum

Sunderland Echo, Published on Sunday 6 July 2003

A COUNCIL at the centre of a scandal involving the use of public money to pay for prostitutes is to write off a loss of almost £200,000, after admitting it will never be able to recover the squandered funding.

Rotherham Council provided about 500,000 to help set up the National Local Government Forum Against Poverty in 1994, which collapsed in public disgrace four years later, when it emerged thousands of pounds intended to help the poor had instead been used to pay for booze-fuelled high-living. Read on…..

Setback in battle for stolen cash

Yorkshire Post, Published on Monday 31 March 2003

ROTHERHAM Council’s attempts to force its disgraced former deputy leader to repay money he stole to pay for prostitutes and living the high life received another setback yesterday when a judge denied an application for compensation.

The latest development in a long-running saga over who Garvin Reed should repay ended with Judge Patrick Robertshaw ruling that the ex-Labour councillor should instead compensate the National Local Government Forum Against Poverty, which he conspired to steal 172,500 from. Read on…..

Disgraced councillor faces new action

Yorkshire Post, Published on Friday 28 March 2003

A JUDGE is to reconsider a Yorkshire council’s attempt to force its disgraced former deputy leader to repay some of the thousands of pounds of public money he stole to pay for prostitutes and living the high life.

It had appeared Rotherham Council had lost its chance to claw back some of the 172,500 that Garvin Reed conspired to steal because it had failed to make a claim in time through the courts. Read on…..

Treasury might take stolen poverty funds

, The Guardian, Friday 14 March 2003

A council rocked by the fraudulent spending of anti-poverty grants on hotels and prostitutes may have lost the chance to reclaim much of the £200,000 stolen by its former deputy leader.

A delay in filing a compensation claim threatens to see repayments by disgraced former Labour councillor Garvin Reed go to central Treasury funds rather than back to Rotherham district council. Read on…..

Disgraced councillor threatens to turn whistleblower

Town braced as jailed former deputy leader prepares to name names to detectives

Paul Humphries, Society Guardian, Friday 6 December 2002

Sir Richard Knowles, the former leader of Birmingham city council, may well be the best known public figure to have his name linked with the latest municipal scandal which saw Rotherham council officials jailed for corruption – but he may not be the last.

It emerged in court last month that he had asked the National Local Government Forum Against Poverty – set up and corruptly run by the now disgraced former Rotherham deputy council leader Garvin Reed – to give him £100 to cover his drinks bill at one of its annual general meetings. Read on…..

Deputy council leader jailed for £172,000 scam

By Ian Herbert, North of England Correspondent Independent, Tuesday, 26 November 2002

A judge called for the “cancer” of local government corruption to be eradicated when he jailed a former deputy council leader who lavished thousands of pounds stolen from a national charity on hotel trips and prostitutes.

A judge called for the “cancer” of local government corruption to be eradicated when he jailed a former deputy council leader who lavished thousands of pounds stolen from a national charity on hotel trips and prostitutes.

Judge Patrick Robertshaw sentenced the former deputy leader of Rotherham council, Garvin Reed, to three years in prison yesterday after hearing how he was the linchpin of a fraud scam worth £172,000. Read on……

Ex-councillor jailed for charity fraud

Judge hits at ‘cancer of local government corruption’

A former Labour councillor who spent money from an anti-poverty charity on prostitutes, drinks and lavish meals was jailed for three years yesterday by a judge who demanded that the “cancer of local government corruption” be rubbed out.

Garvin Reed betrayed every principle of the National Local Government Forum Against Poverty to swindle £172,000, in a systematic fraud with the group’s national co-ordinator, Bob Bone. Read on……

Rotherham’s disgrace

Yorkshire Post, Published on Monday 25 November 2002 22:33

TO THE outside world, Garvin Reed was a selfless local politician fired with a missionary zeal for the eradication of poverty. It was to this end that the then deputy leader of Rotherham Council set up the National Local Government Forum Against Poverty and urged all those who championed the cause of the dispossessed to join him in trying out “new ways of doing things”.

Far from seeking pioneering methods of eliminating poverty, however, Reed and his two cronies, Bob Bone and John Cook, were actually up to one of the oldest tricks in the book: milking public money for their own greedy and selfish ends. Read on….

Disgrace of council’s high-living freeloaders

Yorkshire Post, Published on Monday 25 November 2002

A JUDGE launched a scathing attack on corruption in local government yesterday when he jailed a senior Yorkshire councillor for stealing cash from an anti-poverty fund to pay for five-star hotels, gambling and prostitutes.

Judge Patrick Robertshaw warned the “cancer” of corruption had to be eradicated before it spread and said “radical surgery” was required whenever it was uncovered.

Jailing former deputy leader of Rotherham Council Garvin Reed, 54, for three years and ex-council officer Bob Bone, 47, for two years, after both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal from the National Local Government Forum Against Poverty, he told them: “Now the fun and games and bingeing has stopped, there is a price to be paid.” Read on…….

Campaign that became a private plaything

Yorkshire Post, Published on Monday 25 November 2002

IT started out with the best of intentions.

The grandly titled National Local Government Forum Against Poverty would champion the cause of the poor and provide a campaigning voice for the deprived and needy.

Within months of its formation in 1993 more than 150 local authorities had signed up to the Rotherham-based campaign, each contributing an annual subscription of up to 3,500. Read on……

How strange story told by a red-light girl nailed the guilty men

Yorkshire Post, Published on Monday 25 November 2002

If it wasn’t for the revelations of a Hull prostitute, they might have got away with it. Rob Waugh reports on the woman who brought down Reed, Bone and Cook.

Things would all have been very different if the police hadn’t chanced upon the unlikely story Jayne Frangopulo had to tell.

A once-familiar figure in Waterhouse Lane in the heart of Hull’s red-light district, Ms Frangopulo was approached by detectives trying to find out who had killed fellow local prostitute Samantha Class. Read on…….

Garvin Reed may have something to add to Labour’s dark chapters

Yorkshire Post, Published on Monday 25 November 2002

THERE have been several dark chapters in Labour’s recent history in Yorkshire and the scandal emanating from Rotherham had the familiar scent of a party too used to power and too unused to close scrutiny.

Although the prostitutes and five-star junketing took the headlines, the roots of the shameful episode were to be found in Rotherham Council – a council that will be spending the next few days and weeks anxiously looking over its shoulder waiting to discover what further allegations its bitter former deputy leader, Garvin Reed, will make from his prison cell.

Already a host of former councillors and officers have been publicly named as enjoying the hospitality of the Forum’s trips around the country. Others – namely one-time mayor-elect Paul Hill and former senior officer Peter Nettleton – were in thrall to Reed’s political power as he assumed what appeared to be an unassailable position within the authority. Read on……..

Council faces new crime revelations

Yorkshire Post, Published on Friday 22 November 2002

A YORKSHIRE council already implicated in the Poverty Forum scandal was last night facing a new police inquiry after it was revealed that a disgraced former deputy leader is to make fresh claims about criminal behaviour.

The shock disclosure came during mitigation put forward by Garvin Reed in a bid to shorten the prison sentence he accepts he will receive for stealing thousands of pounds of public money to spend on prostitutes, five-star hotels and gambling. Read on…….

Trio blew £172,000 in funds abuse

Yorkshire Post, Published on Thursday 21 November 2002

THREE men including a senior South Yorkshire councillor spent £172,500 intended to fund a national campaign against poverty on prostitutes, five-star hotels, race meetings, football matches and their own bank accounts, it was revealed yesterday.

The astonishing scale of the abuse of public funds carried out by the former deputy leader of Rotherham Council, Garvin Reed, and two former Rotherham Council officials included taking a prostitute on to the payroll and giving her money to buy a car. Read on…..

Council trio admit fleecing poverty forum of £172,000

Yorkshire Post, Published on Friday 27 September 2002

THE former deputy leader of a Yorkshire council and two former council officials who spent £172,000 of public money on prostitutes, high-class hotels and boosting their own bank accounts yesterday pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

Garvin Reed, who was second-in-command at Labour-run Rotherham Council, Bob Bone and John Cook conspired together to systematically fleece the National Local Government Forum Against Poverty of money intended to help the poor, in order to live the high life. Read on……..

Council faces £260,000 loss over closure of poverty group

Paul Humphries, Society Guardian, Tuesday 10 April 2001

A local authority that spent nearly £400,000 sponsoring a national lobby group set up by one of its own councillors could find itself more than £250,000 out of pocket after the pressure group closed down following allegations of a major financial scandal.

Since the National Local Government Forum Against Poverty (NLGFAP) was voluntarily wound up last year, Rotherham council has been trying to recoup £260,000 it claims it is owed by the pressure group. Read on……..

Britain: Local councillors investigated for misappropriating anti-poverty funds

From wsws.org By Harvey Thompson
2 February 1999

Investigations are under way into alleged corruption by members of a local Labour council in South Yorkshire. Funds allocated for initiatives against poverty are said to have been squandered on lavish conferences, expensive hotels, trips abroad, and the procurement of prostitutes.

In mid-November last year, South Yorkshire Police launched a probe into misuse of funds, and leading councillors from Rotherham Borough Council were suspended. The allegations relate to the National Local Government Forum against Poverty (NLGFP) and the misappropriation of donations from approximately 200 councils across the country. The donated money ran into hundreds of thousands of pounds, which was allegedly misused by Labour councillors and NLGFP officials. Read on….

Councillor `used poverty fund to hire prostitutes’

Independent, Jonathan Foster Published Monday, 30 November 1998

A SENIOR Labour councillor paid prostitutes and luxury hotel bills with taxpayers’ money, channelled through a group set up to combat poverty, according to allegations that form part of a criminal investigation.

Garvin Reed, 50, has been suspended from his post as deputy leader of Rotherham council and banned from the town hall during a South Yorkshire Police fraud inquiry into the National Local Government Forum Against Poverty.

Two Rotherham council officers seconded to work for the forum have also been suspended and at least six others implicated in claims that the Forum mis-spent an annual budget estimated at more than pounds 250,000. Read on…….

Gerald Nightingale:

Jeb Nightingale

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Operation Fox:

Foods Standards Agency http://www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/webpage/operationfox

Illegal meat investigation: ‘Operation Fox’

Tuesday 18 September 2007

‘Operation Fox’ was an investigation into a large-scale fraud involving the passing of condemned poultry meat back into the human food chain. This led to the conviction at Hull Crown Court in 2000 of the meat-fraud gang, receiving combined sentences of 18 years.

An anonymous tip-off to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council led to the investigation into the nationwide multi-million pound food fraud, which involved diverting rotten pet food meat back into the human food chain.

The investigation revealed that unfit poultry meat from slaughterhouses was taken to a pet food processing plant, and from there it was taken by brokers and cleaners to further brokers, and ultimately to cold stores, wholesalers and retailers where it was sold to the public. All of the food companies in the chain were either licensed or registered with the exception of the brokers and the cleaner of the poultry.

Documents seized showed that the fraud had been ongoing since the early 1970’s in various guises, but the substantial part of the fraud had been established in the mid 1980’s. Documentary evidence seized during raids showed various profit sharing arrangements throughout the chain of the fraud.

It was found that to change the status of meat from condemned to human grade food, simple fraudulent changes were made to the invoices and other paperwork and health marks were introduced to indicate that the meat was from human food suppliers. In addition, recycled packaging was used and duplicate bookkeeping and false invoices kept to satisfy anyone from either the pet food or human food industry that the meat had either gone on to become pet food, or had been purchased from human food companies respectively. All the products were accompanied by appropriate health marks and paperwork to demonstrate their legitimacy. For this reason, audits and inspections undertaken by various agencies had not revealed any wrong doing.

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council was fortunate to get a tip-off that lead to the cleaner of the poultry, who was the only one in the chain without any clear chain of traceability. This allowed details of the fraud to be revealed and place sufficient pressure on the individual to provide accurate and reliable information about the others involved in the fraud.

Scale of the fraud

The waste product from the cleaner of the poultry was sufficient to supply chicken and turkey to 400 retailers in both Yorkshire and the North Midlands. In addition, the conspirators were charged for recycling 1,500 tonnes of unfit meat into the human food chain over a 3-year period.

The large-scale investigation involved 18 premises being entered under warrant. Accountants and over 300 people were interviewed in accordance with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act. In addition, over 500,000 documents and 20 computers were seized. The cost to the local authority for undertaking the investigation was £750,000.

The result

The investigation resulted in ten people being charged under Conspiracy to Defraud, rather than the Food Safety Act 1990, as the penalties in the latter did not appear to reflect the gravity of the offence. A number of other suspected individuals and companies who were not charged have since been implicated in other investigations.

See also IC Barron on Rikipedia.

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