A PARKING officer at Richmond Council has been found guilty of paying £6,000 in fines into his own bank account.
Over a three year period Olanrewaju Hammed Akande filtered £5,961 worth of parking fines into his own account instead of the council's and was caught out during a routine bank security check.
Akande, 42, of Dagenham started working for the council in June 2005. He was suspended from his post in July 2008 and has since resigned.
His case was heard at Kingston Crown Court on May 19, when he pleaded guilty to six counts of fraud by false representation. He was given an 18 week prison sentence, suspended for 12 month and ordered to complete 50 hours community service.
The judge also ordered an investigation into Akande's finances to allow the council to try and recover the money.
Deputy council leader, Stephen Knight, said: “I’m pleased that justice has been done. The vast majority of our staff are hard working and honest and provide excellent services. However, when we come across fraud we deal with it robustly.
“Defrauding the Council is in effect defrauding residents and I am saddened that a member of staff in an important role chose to take advantage of his position and take public money in this way."