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  • "What this trial has shown is the complete shambles Torfaen Council are when it comes to finances, "standard practice" to pay invoices for work not yet complete! What sort of incompetence's do such things? No wonder doubt could be cast on people's honesty, when checks and balances are ignored, that is after all why invoices are reconciled with completed orders.

    If Torfaen cannot do the basic accountancy tasks, then it should be removed from their remit like Education was, to ensure that the taxpayer is not being ripped off again.

    As for the case taking 2 1/2 years to come to trial with the senior officer suspended on full £75K per year for that time, is ridiculous, not only for the financial waste, but the time these two have had to worry over their fate. Heads should roll both at Torfaen and the CPS."
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TORFAEN IT FRAUD TRIAL: Pair found not guilty

NOT GUI;TY: Gary Inchliffe and Farooq Dastgir

NOT GUI;TY: Gary Inchliffe and Farooq Dastgir

First published in News

TWO men were found not guilty of false accounting at a Gwent council's IT hub today.

Farooq Dastgir, 53, of Coed Camlas, Pontypool and Gary Inchliffe, 52, of Beechcroft, Trelewis were accused of trying to pay for a newspaper supplement in the South Wales Argus using the council's money after the council decided it should be paid for through private sponsorship.


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