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FORMER LEADER IS CONVICTED OF FRAUD

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Peter Walsh, former leader of Doncaster MBC, has been given a three-month suspended prison sentence after he admitt...
Peter Walsh, former leader of Doncaster MBC, has been given a three-month suspended prison sentence after he admitted making false expenses claims.

Mr Walsh, 47, was found guilty of two charges of false accounting and ordered to pay£850 court costs. His prison sentence is suspended for 12 months.

The false expense claims of just£169, made when he was deputy leader, brought about his downfall in 1997. Mr Walsh (Lab) stood down after the release of a report by the district auditor investigating junketing by members and officers.

Walsh is the 20th Doncaster councillor to have either admitted, or been convicted, of wrongdoing since police began investigating the allegations made against councillors in the South Yorkshire town.
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