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Binmen accused of scam jobs for cash and cider

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FOUR binmen accused of defrauding the States by carrying out private collections were paid in cider or cash, the Magistrate's Court heard yesterday.

Jeremy Help, Christopher Ogier, Robin Help and Kevin Smith were sacked by States Works last year after the alleged crimes came to light.

They all pleaded not guilty to abusing their positions as States employees to make personal gain dishonestly.

The men were employed to collect St Peter Port's waste, but commercial establishments, including the Queen's Hotel, Mariners' Inn, Beetons chip shop, the Vazon Bay Cafe and the Happy Landings,, said they had paid the men to collect their rubbish.

Advocate Chris Dunford, prosecuting, said this was a lucrative fraud.

The binmen will have the opportunity to give evidence when the case continues today.

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