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HMRC staff in £2.3m fraud probes

Sum constitutes more than half of all fraud committed in government departments

Staff at HM Revenue & Customs were investigated over £2.3m worth of fraud
in the past year.

The sum is thought to constitute more than half of all fraud perpetrated by
individuals from government departments,
The
Observer reported
.

One member of staff signed off £100,000 worth of her own made-up expenses,
while a clerk stole over £200,000 to pay for holidays, the paper said.

David Gauke, the Tory shadow exchequer secretary, said: ‘These figures
suggest an alarming increase in HMRC staff fraud. On top of failures in general
performance and data protection in particular, this demonstrates yet further
failure in HMRC’s procedures. I will be writing to Stephen Timms to ask for
further details and to ask what is being done to address the issue and how has
it happened.’

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