EXCLUSIVE : Thick As Thieves (Update)

3 wise monkeys

You may  or may not be aware of a story emerging from Liverpool Crown Court which appeared in the local press earlier today.

Petty Cash Thief

As you can read above the story concerns the theft of petty cash money by a former Wirral Council employee. But when you consider that Wirral Leaks first revealed the story HERE  in January 2016, following leaks from aggrieved Wirral Council whistleblowers, it becomes clear that there is much more to this story than has been reported in today’s press.

You will see from our original story that the person we coyly referred to as Mr T (and now revealed to be Carl Thompson) has indeed now been convicted for stealing £7,000+. However we don’t wish to focus here on Mr T especially as he has now faced justice and has been held accountable (which as we know is unusual for someone involved either in the past or the present with Wirral Council). Equally unusual is a rare example of openness and honesty from a Wirral Council senior manager . As a certain Simon Cuerden is quoted as saying this particular case ” had adversely affected the staff morale and the reputation of the authority and rebuilding trust and transparency is still ongoing”    

If you look at our original story (re-published in full below) you can see why Mr Cuerden saw fit to make this comment. Consequently, and as was the case with former Labour councillor Jim Crabtree, we have to ask ourselves if whistleblowers hadn’t contacted us as to whether various crimes and misdemeanours would just have been buried by the council:

Now from what we’ve observed of an increasingly desperate Wirral Council leadership is that they’ve been told to do two things  : a) praise council staff publicly even when treating them like crap and b) mention the utterly vacuous and meaningless window dressing that is their 20/20 Vision Wirral Plan at every opportunity ( “We have a plan ,we know what we’re doing – honestly”).

Well can we tell Wirral Council that judging by the increasing amount of correspondence we’re getting from the crime scene that is Wallasey Town Hall that council staff are getting increasingly pissed off with the fakery – seriously pissed off.

Nothing is pushing their badly-done-to button more than a case which in some ways is a microcosm of how Wirral Council operates. It’s a case which has been knocking about our inbox for some time and when one of our sources writes : ”  I would appreciate anonymity as we all know what happens to WMBC whistleblowers…”  This tells us everything we need to know about the poisonous culture which still seemingly infects the alleged “Most Improved Council in Britain” than any number of feelgood press releases.

Council staff are not so much singing like a canary but singing like Shirley Bassey and their song goes something like this:

“Lightfingered – he’s the man, the man with the petty cash , Council-tax payers cash……” 

This doleful refrain concerns a certain Mr.T – T in this case stands for thief
We understand that Mr.T was suspended under that polite euphemism “misappropriation of funds” (something that Wirral Council have been quite adept at themselves) and although apparently Mr.T owned up the act, he was suspended on full pay during a lengthy investigation before he was recently dismissed.

However what is vexing Council staff is that it is alleged that this matter “was not reported to the police, central government, the audit commission or Wirral council tax payers and has been swept under the carpet in true WMBC style”.

No change there then you might say (no pun intended) – especially as this was someone caught with their hands in the petty cash till  – as Wirral Council  have an inglorious record of lurching towards the twin perils of  “reputation management”  and “cover up” when it comes to situations such as this.

We understand that the figure that has been filched is approximately £30,000 but common opinion among council staff is that as there was no thorough investigation that the actual figure could be much more than this.We understand that Mr.T could have been stealing money over a number of years and nobody knows the exact amount as Wirral Council only investigated what was stolen within a particular financial year.

Of course Wirral Council are welcome to deny any of these allegations…..

Questions and comments that have been put to us – although perhaps they should be put to Wirral Council leaders or even more pertinently to Merseyside Police are :

  • Why was it so easy for Mr.T  to steal thousands of pounds?
  • Who countersigned any monies/petty cash? If not why not?
  • I suspect this is due to the fact that said colleague had access to thousands of pounds in petty cash and was able to spend from the council budget until his heart was content as he was not managed for a minimum of 3 years
  • Staff reviews should take place every year! but his line Manager left and he was then left to his own devices!! You have to ask why internal audit were not doing an annual audit? If they had this would have been picked up very early.
  • It is now believed that he is working elsewhere and had faced no consequences for his actions besides dismissal
  • This person has taken the Wirral taxpayers money and needs to be held to account.Where is the deterrent? Where is the accountability? Where is the public interest? Where’s our bloody money?

I think the only question we can actually answer is the one about Internal Audit.They were doing their usual job of obeying their political paymasters and/or being inept .However for the rest it would seem it is the usual tale of Wirral Council failing to take any responsibility for their own negligence in allowing this situation to arise in the first place.

We’re left wondering as to whether someone with £30,000 + of Council Tax arrears would avoid legal action quite so readily?. Indeed Wirral Council  seem to be labouring (no pun intended again) under the misconception that the money they lose through their negligence/incompetence is THEIR money – so it can just be written off and forgotten about.

Consequently Wirral Council leaders rap sheet of cases where they protect their positions of power by protecting wrongdoers continues to grow.

However when you’re thick as thieves with thieves,liars,bribers and bullies might we suggest to those in power it’s time to take a long hard look in the mirror and decide as to whether you still have the moral authority to run a local authority.

 

Whilst some of the questions raised by one of our sources may have been answered , some haven’t, such as how come an  “unsuspecting solicitor colleague” signed off some the petty cash slips – until suddenly a new member of staff joined his department? What the hell were Internal Audit playing at ? Did Wirral Council provide a reference for Mr T ? and whether being Mayor Foulkesy’s former chauffeur influenced the (in)actions of Wirral Council ?

 

13 thoughts on “EXCLUSIVE : Thick As Thieves (Update)

  1. £7,000 a mere drop in the ocean compared to what people have trousered in the form of upset feelings and golden goodbyes!!

  2. Wirral Globe…

    “Comments are closed on this article”

    FKN hopeless. Wonder which toe rag’s pulling their strings?

  3. G’day Leaks

    No wonder Sir Git has pissed off back under the rock he crept from.

    People ask why I am still abusing them six years later.

    If they let Raworth away with £2,000,000.00 to Portugal what else did they do.

    Mr call centre mbe needs a good looking at for a start.

    Whatever happened to that £40,000.00 that went to a dodgy care home bank account?

    Ooroo

    James

    C’mon you whistleblowers one and all.

    I must stir “FOI Highbrow” up some more i think he’s on first name terms with the Information Commissioner.

    Luv ya L XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    Davies must stand down now before these FOI’s can you imagine how much dosh he has given to his mate.

    Wonder why they didn’t make AdderleydadderleyDooLally quit….and give him a squillion?

    ADMINISTRATION NOW

    • Yep the Aussie is correct.

      Just the time to pile in with the BOOMERANG I reckon….

      ‘We have given them almost six years to own up and say it was all wrong, they’ve lied, cheated, hidden stuff, obfuscated and told bare faced lieds.’

      And of course these are the wise words of the Aussie on the Wirral Biz/Council scandal.

      • Luv your support “Interested”

        We need more whistleblowers though to speak up not only on Wirral “Funny” Bizz but lets have the dirt on Mr call centre mbe, Davies, Jones and AdderleyDadderleyDooLally.

        He would never have kept a job and been paid £250,000.00 to retire and turn up again on Monday if he didn’t know all the filth.

        Ooroo

        James

        Who did nominate and support an mbe for a slave driver in the 21st century?

        Well done idiots.

        What’s in it for you?

        Chuck that boomerang around wirral “Interested” someone must have decency and a conscience.

        Saw “Highbrow” playing tennis but didn’t recognise him without his high viz gear.

        See you in that court house over Kev and Stella’s Stinking Stagnant wirral Waters soon mate.

  4. Very disheartening indeed.
    Wbc resemble the jewellers I audited and found several thousand missing from petty cash. CASHIER WAS SACKEDNUT no ublicity, no further action. They had a reputation to protect but does Wbc?

    Without a deterrent what stops rapscallions. Whether they chauffeur the ex mayor or not. From stealing Our Fucking Money.

    What is the purpose of councillors or internal audit?

    And the boomerang. Well it was only £2M OF OUR FUCKING MONEY and No-one got punished…..save Mr Griffiths and I for trying to save Our fucking money.

    Chief officers have lied and no punishment…leaders of the Council and Mayors have misled and lied..no punishment

    A la lanterne

    • ‘A la lantern’

      My Lord, I thought that the above was perhaps the title of an early Beatles song… but of course I was wrong. Ha ha.

      If the Mighty Highbrow is correct, we are living in very revolutionary times. Please avoid the bath my Lord.

  5. Poor Carl. Loads are at it yet he is the one who gets in the Echo! He got a reference alright. All it said was his name and the dates he started and finished with WBC.
    You hit the nail on the head when you say reputation management comes before doing what is right. Lets not pursue this as it will look bad. Most of us know of the Help Yourself Harrys rife throught this organisation.
    One soft bugger sold his security gear on eBay. Another took spare wheels from vehicles to order and flogged them off. Loads have been caught exaggerating milage claims. Most time sheets are way off. Loads do cash in hand work whilst at work! And the bosses know all of this but hey ho.
    Whistlebowing?? Waste of time, you get singled out and targetted if you even dare to suggest its wrong.
    Management know and encourage this behaviour. As part of my attempts to whistlebow I told them that their lack of action was just as bad as what I was reporting. If I report a theft and you do nothing you are also a thief, if I report harrassment and you do nothing you are as guilty of harrassment as the perpetrator
    Place is full of thieves and idiots and run by thieves idiots. Poor Carl was a thief. Simple. Why did it take so long to walk him out the door?

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