Binmen found guilty of defrauding taxpayer
STATES Works has condemned the actions of four binmen found guilty of defrauding taxpayers out of thousands of pounds.
Jeremy Help, Christopher Ogier, Robin Help and Kevin Smith were sentenced to 70 hours of community service yesterday in the Magistrate's Court.
The St Peter Port collectors were dismissed earlier this year after it was discovered they had been collecting commercial waste on their residential rounds, accepting cider and cash-in-hand as payment.
'We take a very dim view of anyone abusing their position by misusing, illegally or otherwise, the facilities or services that we provide to our customers,' said States Works general manager Paul Lickley.
'We are not happy the actions of these four men could reflect badly on States Works, so we want to reassure islanders this is an isolated case, and as soon as it came to light we took appropriate action.
'Most importantly, what they have done should in no way reflect on our honest, hard-working staff, who provide excellent service and make an invaluable contribution to this island.
'Our actions hopefully send a clear message that any activity of this nature is not tolerated and will be dealt with through the appropriate channels. This is the very least our staff and other stakeholders would expect.'