Four men have pleaded guilty to corruption charges in a long-running investigation into the allocation of building work contracts by City of Edinburgh Council.
Two men employed by Edinburgh-based Action Building Contracts (ABC) are accused of giving two local council officials more than £30,000-worth of hospitality and other inducements. Two former council employees are charged with accepting them.
The investigation, which has been ongoing since 2010, has concluded with a guilty plea this week from Brendan Cantwell (age 44), Kevin Balmer (54), Charles Owenson (62), and James Costello (44). Cantwell and Balmer are the former council employees; Owenson and Costello were directors of ABC. They will appear again at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Friday 15th May.
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