Corrupt Barkingside court clerk ordered to pay back fraction of money he took in bribes
A corrupt worker at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court who made more than �100,000 taking bungs to wipe motoring offences from official computers, has been ordered to pay back just �7,500.
Munir Patel, 22, became the first person to be convicted under the bribery act after he admitted taking backhanders of up to �500 from at least 53 people.
Patel was jailed for six years after he was filmed boasting to a national newspaper reporter that he took bribes “all day long”.
The former administrative clerk at the court in Cranbrook Road, Barkingside, was caught out after he promised motorist Jayraj Singh he would “take care” of a penalty charge in return for “five bills” [�500].
Prosecutors said he pocketed a staggering �103,036.33 on top of his �17,978 salary over two-and-a-half-years.
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But on Friday, Patel – who appeared at Southwark Crown Court – was ordered to pay back just under 7.5 per cent of the total.
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Judge Christopher Morris-Coole said: “That sum of �7,500 has to be paid within 56 days of today.
“Failing all payment of that, there will be a term of six months imprisonment, and that will run consecutively to your current term.”
Patel, of Green Lane, Dagenham, said he had legitimately earned �38,465 and claimed to have won �27,000 through gambling. But police checks found his total winnings were just �935.
At Patel’s sentencing hearing last year, the court heard Mr Singh was caught speeding and sent a court summons. He rang the inquiries number at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court, where Patel answered the phone.
The court heard Patel quickly began trying to solicit a bribe.
Mr Singh rang a national newspaper and reported what had happened, before arranging to meet with Patel.