Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 10 July 2014

Corrupt ex-civil servant must repay £90k

A disgraced civil servant who took payments in exchange for insider information for MoD security contracts has been given a year to pay back more than £90,000.

Belfast Crown Court judge Mr Justice McLaughlin ordered 56-year-old William Ronald Marks to empty his two savings accounts, cash in his pension and sell the two houses he owns, including his own home.

The judge also ordered that if the fraudster does not manage to pay back the £90,539 within a year, he will face a two-year jail term.

Earlier this year Marks, from Richmond Avenue in Lisburn, was handed a two-year jail sentence suspended for two years.

His two co-accused, fellow sacked civil servant 56-year-old John Symington and the former director of VIS Security Solutions Ltd, 73-year-old James Daniel McGeown, were also handed suspended sentences in a cash-for-contracts fraud case.

The civil servants were paid £84,500 in exchange for what the judge described as “what might be loosely described as ‘insider' type information” in the tendering of contracts.

Having bribed Marks with £66,500 and Symington with £18,000, McGeown's firm was awarded contracts worth £16.2m.

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