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Ex-city council boss held in fraud probe

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 16, 2011

Tony Bodgin

A FORMER leading officer in Exeter City Council's housing department has been arrested by police investigating allegations of fraud.

Tony Bodgin, who retired from the authority at the end of last year, was special projects manager and tenant liaison manager for Exeter.

He was a long-serving council officer involved in implementing a range of key projects for the authority.

Police have confirmed that an arrest was made, and Mr Bodgin, who is in his 60s, has been released on bail until June next year while enquiries about an alleged fraud continue.

It is understood that a number of other people are also being investigated. In a statement the city council told the Echo that it was not able to release details of the alleged fraud at this stage.

But it said information came to light after recent investigations.

The statement said: "An alleged fraud has been committed against the council by a number of individuals.

"An internal review and one by the council's external auditors has been undertaken – but as this matter is the subject of a current police investigation, no further comment will be made at the present time."

The Echo understands that Mr Bodgin, as part of his work, was concerned with arranging surveys of council-owned homes, prior to loft and cavity wall insulation being fitted as part of the authority's drive to reduce energy use.

It is understood the suspected fraud involves alleged discrepancies in the number of homes claimed for when a survey of all council housing stock was carried out as part of the scheme to cut energy costs.

Mr Bodgin will be known to many council house tenants in Exeter after he helped to set up the Exeter Tenant and Leaseholder Committee in 2006.

He also chaired committees of the sheltered housing forum.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall police said: "A man in his 60s has been arrested and released on bail until June 12, 2012.

"We are looking into alleged fraud."

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