Welsh Local Council Worker Convicted; Told to Make Restitution

Mark Taylor isn’t the only UNISON member in Wales to have been convicted for theft lately.  Late last October, David Evans, a council worker in Glamorgan, was ordered by Cardiff Crown Court to repay pounds 18,191 (about US$26,000) from the public sector workers union coffers.  He also was given a 24-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, following his guilty plea.  Evans, 47, a support manager of the members services department at the council offices of the Vale of Glamorgan, wrote himself checks from a union account.  “He was claiming money, suggesting it was being paid to the Vale of Glamorgan Council,” said prosecutor Chris Lewis.  “There is no disputing money was taken.”  The thefts occurred sometime between January 1, 1999 and April 6, 2006.  Evans will have two years to pay back what he took.  (Barry and District News, 11/6/08).