(2009) Conservative Cllr. Daneil Smy -THIEF

A FORMER Tory councillor has been jailed after spending £35,864 on "fine dining and expensive living" and claiming it back on expenses.

Daniel Smy visited London hotels and shops including the Savoy, Royal Horseguards and Selfridges, and claimed for a chauffeur-driven journey from Dorset to the Carlton Club, a court was told.

The former deputy chairman of South Dorset Conservative Association was sentenced to 12 months in prison at Bournemouth Crown Court yesterday. He pleaded guilty to 10 charges of theft and forgery as chairman of the Portman Building Society’s group staff association.

Smy, 35, of Mount Skippet Way, Crossways, was a West Dorset District Councillor when the 10 offences took place between 2003 and 2006.
Smy – who asked the court to take 86 further offences into consideration – is also ex-chairman of Crossways Parish Council.

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