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Council Manager Jailed For Stealing Cash

Tuesday August 21 2012

A RESPECTED council manager who robbed taxpayers by stealing £173,526 from his employers has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Accountant Arthur Mullett, 62, was commercial manager of Barnsley Council's transport services department at its Smithies Lane depot.

But instead of banking income received for services such as testing taxis and issuing MOTs and vehicle licences he siphoned off the money into his own bank accounts over a five-year period.

Mullett, of Churchside, West Halton, near Scunthorpe has never revealed what he spent the money on, prosecutor Ian Goldsack told Sheffield Crown Court.

Mr Goldsack said Mullett was caught when his line manager became suspicious and an internal audit was carried out.

"Unfortunately for the local taxpayers it seems the degree of trust and autonomy invested in him was such that he was subjected to limited scrutiny," said the prosecutor.

Mullett was supposed to record the cheques and cash received, he banked the cheques but pocketed some of the cash, covering up the amounts deposited.

He was suspended in June, 2010 and the matter reported to the police. He failed to attend a disciplinary meeting and was sacked two months later.

He was arrested in February, 2011 and his home searched. Police found regular deposits had been made to his personal bank accounts.

"A substantial portion of the stolen money was used as cash to avoid the need to draw on other funds," said Mr Goldsack.

When charged Mullett made no comment and he has never given a defence statement or answered questions from his former employers.

Mullett, who had no previous convictions, admitted theft from Barnsley Council.

Anil Murray, defending, said of the defendant: "He couldn't remember how much he had stolen, he didn't note it.

"His wife needed an operation and he wanted to assist her and he had mounting credit card debts.

"He has lost his good name, his job and his pension and he is effectively a broken man."

When the extent of Mullett's crime was revealed, the council clawed back £88,990 from his pension entitlement.

He still owes more than £84,000 and confiscation proceedings are expected to take place to recover that cash.

He will serve half of his 30-month prison sentence and the rest on licence.

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Reply Posted by lee on Tuesday August 21 2012 at 17:08
e shunt ave got jail its not like hes done a bad crime isit its only a little bit ov money and wats money paper

Reply Posted by Loui on Wednesday August 22 2012 at 00:37
He shouldn't have got jail??? We pay taxes for what??? For nothing! We try and make a living and then you've got people like him pocketing our money... Barnsley council aint got a clue... They hopeless anyway and they know it!

Reply Posted by guesty mcguest on Wednesday August 22 2012 at 10:51
They have no idea how much was stolen and for a council that is supposed to be transparant and accountable it seems they don't even have bsic processes in place to record simple income transactions or indeed audit very often either.

Nice 88 grand pension as well, wonder what the road sweepers get in pensions for the council I don't think it will be anywhere near the same.

Reply Posted by ian on Saturday August 25 2012 at 10:33
nothing new here,the council itself is a modern day robin hood,only thing is,this one was a bit greedier than the usuall pack,good I say