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COUNCIL EMPLOYEES ACCUSED OF TAKING BRIBES FROM BUILDERS

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Two leading council officials are accused to taking 'kick-back bribes' from local builders wanting to secure valuab...
Two leading council officials are accused to taking 'kick-back bribes' from local builders wanting to secure valuable building contracts from the former Newport Borough Council, the Western Mail reports (p3).

Robert Rees, 43 and Ian Ford, 31, are on trial at Cardiff Crown Court.

Rees, a building maintenance contracts manager, is said to have been paid£21,308 in cheques and probably thousands more in cash by local builder Dennis Morgan. Ford, a contracts surveyor, allegedly had a kitchen renovated as a payment from builder Geoffrey Ellis.

Prosecutor Peter Jacobs told the court: 'All four men were in league in this transparently dishonest and blatant fiddle'.

The trial continues.
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