13 November, 2009
Former Sandwell MBC leader Bill Thomas has been ordered to repay £1,300 and given a 12-month conditional discharge after pleading guilty to theft.
Thomas, 69, from Sandwell, admitted stealing the money from NatWest Bank between 21-24 April 2008 when he appeared before Sutton Coldfield magistrates.
The court heard how a close friend, Gareth Hall, had cashed three of Thomas’s cheques totalling £1,300 - which was then reimbursed by the bank after Thomas claimed he did not know Hall.
Totally off-topic, but what do you do with a thieving pirate sailor? Put him in cell with a "close friend," er-lye in the mornin'.