Investigator forged forms to claim top bonus pay
A tv licence evasion investigator has been found guilty of forging customer signatures to obtain bonus payments.
Richard John Llewellyn, 50, of Limeslade Close, Fairwater, Cardiff, stood trial accused of making up interviews with customers so he could get a bonus through completing doorstep forms.
Llewellyn visited the addresses of people suspected of not having a television licence and took statements from them if they admitted to evading the fee.
Cardiff Crown Court was told the statement - dubbed a code eight - could lead to possible prosecutions and formed the basis of a staff bonus scheme.
Officers had to complete 38 code eights per week to be eligible for a bonus and the biggest monthly bonus received was £716.
Llewellyn, who earned a basic salary of £11,000, completed the code eights and signed them on behalf of four people, in order to trigger the bonus payments.
The four people later complained when they were summonsed to court for TV licence dodging.
Llewellyn denied four charges of false accounting and one of acts which could have perverted the course of justice.
However, the jury of five men and seven women found him guilty of all five counts.
Four customers were called before the court, who all said their first names and dates of birth were wrong.
They claimed their signatures were forged on completed 'interview' forms.
They also claimed they had never spoken to Llewellyn.
Llewellyn denied making the statements up, claiming to the jury that they were 'real interviews'.
Mr Justice Elias sentenced Llewellyn to a 180-hour community punishment order and ordered him to pay £500 in prosecution costs.