AN ALICANTE City Council mechanic has been sentenced to eight months in prison for using a council charge card to buy petrol for his private car.
The sentence was confirmed by the High Court of Justice of the Comunitat Valenciana (TSJCV) today (November 13). The original sentence was imposed by the Criminal Court number 3 of Alicante for an offence of embezzlement.
Judges heard that the man had spent €1,829.74 on fuel for his private vehicle from December 2011 to September 2012.
The official had appealed the sentence on the grounds that the principle of presumption of innocence had been violated. The High Court, however, rejected the argument.
The man had worked for the council since 1994 and took advantage of his position looking after the city’s fleet to use fuel cards that were supposed to be used for official vehicles only.
As well as the jail sentence he has been banned from working in the public sector for eight months and must repay the money embezzled to the council.