Man jailed for bribery

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - By AN­GELA CUM­MINGS and FLORENCE KERR

A for­mer Toko­roa Cor­rec­tions Depart­ment of­fi­cial, Chanel Vern Scan­lan, who pleaded guilty to 35 charges re­lat­ing to ac­cept­ing bribes in ex­change for wip­ing out com­mu­nity work hours has been found guilty in the Ro­torua High Court.

Judge Cooper yes­ter­day im­posed a sen­tence of two years and nine months. Judge Cooper said Scan­lan’s ac­tions struck at the very heart of ad­min­is­tra­tive jus­tice.

‘‘Your ac­tions se­ri­ously un­der­mined the in­tegrity of the sen­tences and se­ri­ously un­der­mined the trust of the public,’’ he said.

The court heard that se­ri­ous drug and al­co­hol is­sues led Scan­lan to ac­cept the bribes.

The for­mer Toko­roa com­mu­nity work su­per­vi­sor, 38, falsely recorded the com­mu­nity ser­vice hours of 30 of­fend­ers.

The court heard Scan­lan ac­cepted money for fal­si­fy­ing hours worked.

He later ad­mit­ted to also ac­cept­ing drugs as pay­ment. Scan­lan has six chil­dren and his es­tranged wife is due to give birth to their sev­enth child in two months’ time.

Scan­lan was given a re­duced sen­tence for an early guilty plea and for show­ing re­morse.

Out­side of court Scan­lan’s lawyer Arama Ngapo-lip­scombe said her client ac­cepted re­spon­si­bil­ity for his ac­tions.

‘‘ The court ac­cepted Mr Scan­lan’s re­morse was gen­uine and re­flected this in his sen­tence, the court also ac­cepted the im­pact that a prison sen­tence will have on Mr Scan­lan’s fam­ily and his un­born child.

‘‘Mr Scan­lan re­turned to New Zealand to take full re­spon­si­bil­ity once his of­fend­ing came to light and will spend his time in prison re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing him­self and has re­turned to the church for guid­ance,’’ she said.

For­mer Toko­roa Cor­rec­tions Depart­ment of­fi­cial Chanel Vern Scan­lan was sen­tenced to a term of im­pris­on­ment for ac­cept­ing bribes.

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