Ronald Harper, a former deputy property manager for the British royal household, has been found guilty of corruption. The property manager took £55,000 in bribes from friends in exchange for lucrative contracts at Kensington, St. James, and Buckingham Palace.
Harpers annual budget was £2.3 million and according to the Crown Prosecution Service, he was allowed to authorize orders of up to £30,000. The Court heard that Harper had received a covert 70,000 pounds in order for him to grant them lucrative contracts for mechanical and electrical work in Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s Gallery, St James’ Palace, and Kensington Palace.
The corrupt relationship that helped Harper pocket more than 50,000 pounds is the Melton Power Services (MPS), company that he helped obtain juicy contracts. He was convicted of those charges earlier this year. More recently, he was also found guilty of involving BSI Nordale into the formula. Directors of the company, Christopher Murphy, 54, and Aseai Zlaoui, 39, were convicted with Harper.
"Ronald Harper abused his position of trust for his own personal gain and to the detriment of the interests of the Royal Household ...," Luke Bulpitt, Specialist Prosecutor in CPS Special Crime Division, said in a statement.
In 2004, Harper’s services to the Queen were recognized and he was made a Member of the Royal Victorian Order.
Since the case has come to a conclusion, it can now be revealed that from 2006 to 2011, he was fraudulently paid £55,000. The sentence is to be heard later.
The judge of the case, Nicholas Loraine-Smith expressed how Harper’s scheme had been “brilliantly disguised” and that he was “certainly going to go to prison for quite a long time”.