|DEPUTY TERRY Mc DONALD (ACTING AS PATSY) FOR A PROPOSITION WRITTEN BY FORMER SENATOR S FERGUSON|
Monday, November 30, 2015
P58/2015 EX GRATIA PAYMENT TO ROY BOSCHAT (CHRISTMAS BONUS)
EX GRATIA PAYMENT TO LOCAL BUSINESS MAN ROY BOSCHAT FOR £360,000
THE PROPOSITION HAS BEEN LODGED BY DEPUTY Mc DONALD
This is a police corruption enquiry into allegations that a corrupt relationship exists between a number of police officers and a local Towing/ Vehicle Recovery Contractor by the name of Roy Boschat.
The first intelligence in respect of this came from a member of the Fire Brigade Staff who told police that two police officers were in a corrupt relationship with Roy Boschat.
On 30th March 2005, Edward Pippon of No 1 Recovery Company told Professional Standards that two police officers were getting petrol free of charge or cheaply from Boschat. He identified one of them as “Osmand” (Constable Sean Osmand), and from his description and details, the other as Constable xxxxxxxxxx. He alleged that this was in return for corrupt manipulation of the breakdown call out rota system.
The enquiry was stepped up a day later --on 31 March 2005 when information was received from two local members of the public, one of them a member of the legal profession, and another who worked for one of the other Vehicle Recovery Companies. The former alleged to Professional Standards that she had seen Constable Sean Osmand drawing diesel for his vehicle from the petrol pumps at Roy Boschat’s place of business. She was aware that Boschat was one of the Towing contractors who provided a service to the police, and that he was not licensed to sell diesel. The witness was suspicious of the fact that a police officer was obtaining fuel for his private vehicle from Boschat’s pumps.
The second witness supplied information to the effect that calls from the police which should have gone to the other recovery firms were in fact going to Boschat.
On 31 March, police spoke to another witness called LE Claire, who had been at an accident where a driver wanted to call another breakdown firm, but the police officers
had tried to insist on Boschat being called. He told police that he knew of other people who had been told by police officers that they used Roy Boschat even when they didn’t have to.
A check was made of the record of call outs and it was found that whereas there were three main operators looking for police business, Boschat was getting nearly 90% of that business. An instruction was made that the rota should be adhered to and each of the three contractors called out in turn.
In October 2005, allegations were received from the two other main contractors on the island that they were being unfairly disadvantaged by virtue of the fact that they were getting little business from the States of Jersey Police. They again alleged that this was due to a corrupt relationship between two police officers and Mr Boschat. They again named the two police officers as Constables Sean Osmand and xxxxxxxxxx. They alleged that the officers received cheap or free diesel for their private vehicles, were given the use of four digit number plates, and that both officers had been to Boschat’s villa in Spain free of charge.
The investigation was recommenced, and the records of who police called out in respect of breakdowns were checked once more. It was found that despite the previous warning, Boschat still received received over 90% of the call outs. An instruction was issued ordering officers to adhere to the strict rotation policy which was in place. A covert investigation was launched but was curtailed shortly afterwards when the member of the public referred to in para. 2, fell out with her employer and went to work for Roy Boschat. Shortly after that, police were told by her ex-employer, Edward Pippon of No. 1 Recovery, that she had warned Boschat the police were looking at him and his police friends.
In November 2005, a further complaint was received from the two contractors stating that they were being driven out of business by virtue of the fact that Boschat was still getting almost all of the calls. Police records confirmed this, and investigations revealed that the system was being manipulated by some officers going to accidents and breakdowns and calling Boschat on their private mobile phones. They were then falsely entering on official records that the member of the public had called Boschat themselves. The most regular offender was Constable Sean Osmand.
Following this, an instruction was issued banning police officers from using their mobile phones for such purposes. This has had the effect of stopping most of the abuse. However, enquiries reveal that Constable Osmand continues to defy instructions and is using his mobile to call Boschat and then falsely enter onto official records that the members of the public have called him themselves. Police can evidence this happening on frequent occasions from the billing on his mobile phone which shows him calling Boschat at the time when he is at an accident, and then at a later stage entering on police records that the member of the public made the call on their own phone. The most recent occasion on which this is believed to have occurred is the week commencing 4th June 2006, when Boschat has attended an accident and has entered into the official record the fact that both parties involved in the accident called Boschat themselves.
On 13th February 2006, information was received from the husband of a serving police officer that he had been speaking to a business partner of Boschat who was building a development in Spain. He told the witness that Sean Osmand was doing the plans for the development.
In May 2006 information was received from a serving police officer that he had been with xxxxxxxxxxx when that officer had drawn petrol for his private car from Boschat’s pumps. This had either been free or very inexpensive. He also stated that he was aware thatxxxxxxxhad been given the free use of a car for a year by Boschat. He thought xxxxxx had just returned the car but wasn’t sure.
At this time, enquiries by Professional Standards uncovered the fact that a number of police officers and civil staff had received free holidays at Boshat’s villa in Spain. A number of other officers have received free towing services from him. Enquiries continue.
On 7th June, a serving police Sergeant confirmed to Professional Standards that Boschat had told him that he had lent his villa in Spain to a number of Police Officers. He also told the Sergeant that Constable xxxxxxxxxx had been given free use of a car for a substantial period.
Another Police officer has just admitted that his boat broke down in France and that Boschat towed it back to Jersey free of charge.
On 7th June 2006, Boschat sent a letter to the Chief Officer States of Jersey Police, in which he admits that he is receiving information from police computer systems via serving police officers. Although he has inferred such before, and alluded to materials circulating within police systems, this is the first such overt admission.
At the end of May 2006, PSD sent out an e mail to all staff telling them that they had information that some of them had received gifts/services from people supplying a service to the force. They were reminded of their obligations and instructed to come forward. An undertaking was given that disciplinary matters would be overlooked, although criminal activities could not be ignored. Around 15 to 20 officers have so far come forward and admitted improper relationships with Boshchat. This does not include Osmand.
On 8th June 2006, information was received from a serving police officer that he had been spoken to by Boschat who advised him that he knew that we were enquiring into him and his friendships with police officers. This officer also said that he had been approached byxxxxxxx and xxxxxxx had asked him if he had disclosed anything.
In view of all the above, the discrepancy in the frequency of call outs, the favours done for police by Boschat, and the fact that Boschat is receiving information, there is ample here I think to suspect a number of corrupt relationships. End