Ex-chairman of Derbyshire County Council Robin Baldry escapes jail after fiddling expenses
A former chairman of Derbyshire County Council, who
admitted stealing thousands of pounds from the authority, has escaped jail.
Councillor Robin Baldry was today sentenced at Derby Crown Court to 18 weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months, after admitting two charges of theft.
He must obey an electronically-tagged four-month curfew between 7pm and 7am as well as pay £2,263 compensation to Derbyshire County Council.
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Baldry must also pay total costs of £6,343.25.
Previously the 70-year-old admitted theft of £863 subsistence allowances, as well as up to £1,600 in false mileage claims. The offences were committed between May 1, 2005, and October 30, 2010.
A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said: “We’re pleased that the court’s decision has brought an end to the matter.
“Mr Baldry is now disqualified from public office and is no longer a member of Derbyshire County Council. His member’s allowance will stop from today (Tuesday 11 December). The vacancy created in the Buxton West division will remain until the county council elections next May.
“The case follows a lengthy investigation by the council into irregularities in Mr Baldry’s expense claims which we passed to the police.
“The council will continue do all it can to ensure the highest levels of trust and honesty from all our employees and elected members. Our auditors carry out regular and routine reviews of all mileage and expense claims.
“Where we do suspect wrong-doing we will investigate and take appropriate action as happened in this case.”