Civil servant guilty of receiving cash payments

A CIVIL servant will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to receiving tens of thousands of pounds in cash payments from a company boss.

Timothy Grogan, of Woolverstone Close, Ipswich, worked as a groundsman at RAF Lakenheath for the Ministry of Defence and was responsible for the supervision of a maintenance contract at the base.

Whilst in this role, the court heard that between December 1998 and January 2006 he received cash payments in excess of �60,000 from the former managing director of Ground Control Limited.

The cash was handed over to Grogan in brown envelopes at a roadside service station.

He was also given �10,000 worth of landscaping to his home. Appearing at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday, the 50-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of wilful misconduct in a public office.

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Prosecutor Nick Staite said: “The defendant was a member of the civil service working for the Ministry of Defence and was responsible for the supervision of the maintenance contract at RAF Lakenheath.

“During the course of interviews he has admitted that he did receive cash payments in the form of notes in a brown envelope.

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“On his account, it was over a period of eight years, about �8,000 a year.”

Judge David Goodin yesterday adjourned the case until May 27 so that a pre-sentence report can be prepared. He told Grogan: “The case which you have pleaded guilty is a serious one.”

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