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A BUS driver has ad­mit­ted be­ing in­volved in a con­spir­acy to swin­dle Gwynedd coun­cil by in­flat­ing the num­ber of pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling on his ve­hi­cle.

Rheinallt Wil­liams, of Rhyd Fadog Es­tate, Dein­iolen, was em­ployed by Peny­groes-based Ex­press Mo­tors, who, un­til De­cem­ber 31 last year, op­er­ated a net­work of ser­vices in Gwynedd, An­gle­sey and Conwy.

The 44-year-old had ini­tially de­nied the charge and was due to stand trial in Septem­ber. But lawyers act­ing for Wil­liams asked court of­fi­cials to list the mat­ter again at Caernar­fon Crown Court. Dur­ing a brief hear­ing, de­fence coun­sel Si­mon Rogers asked for the charge to be put again.

Wil­liams ad­mit­ted a charge of con­spir­ing with oth­ers to com­mit fraud by mak­ing false rep­re­sen­ta­tions to make a fi­nan­cial gain. The charge added he was in­structed to in­crease the num­ber of con­ces­sion­ary passes swiped on bus ser­vices and sub­mit false claims to the scheme ad­min­is­tered by Gwynedd Coun­cil.

Prose­cu­tor Matthew Dun­ford said the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice had con­sid­ered Wil­liams’ ba­sis of plea and did not ask for a trial to con­sider the is­sues raised. Mr Rogers said Wil­liams was of pre­vi­ous good char­ac­ter and asked the judge to ad­journ sen­tence for the prepa­ra­tion of a pre-sen­tence re­port. The bar­ris­ter also asked the court to di­rect re­straint pro­ceed­ings, im­posed on Wil­liams’ fi­nan­cial af­fairs, should be re­con­sid­ered.

Judge Huw Rees agreed a re­port would as­sist the court in de­ter­min­ing sen­tence.Grant­ing Wil­liams bail he told him it would be in his in­ter­ests to co-op­er­ate with the Pro­ba­tion Ser­vice in the prepa­ra­tion of the re­port.

In June two driv­ers em­ployed by Ex­press Mo­tors had charges of con­spir­ing to com­mit fraud against them dropped.

Aled Wyn Davies, 41, of Rhos­gad­fan, near Caernar­fon and Michael Mun­son, 52, of Tanyb­wlch Road, Llan­l­lechid, near Ban­gor, had de­nied a charge of con­spir­acy.

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