Tax chief sacked for hiring wife

The hiring of his spouse as a consultant for £550 a day has cost a senior
official his job.

David Partridge, the chief operating officer of the Revenue & Customs
Prosecution Office, had his contract terminated last summer following an inquiry
by the department into the employment of his wife Michaela.

According to the Commons public accounts committee, Mrs Partridge or her
company had been paid £97,907 since her husband’s appointment in September 2005.

Accountancy Age revealed earlier this year that there was an
investigation into the situation, delaying the scrutiny of the body’s accounts.

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