Network Rail employees' identities hijacked
By Nichola Ross Martin
Identity fraud continues to plague the Tax Credits systemafter it was revealed that identities of Network Rail employees have been used by fraudsters to open bank accounts and make false claims. The scale of the fraud is not clear, but may run into millions.
The fraud was discovered by HMRC, which notified Network Rail. The government hopes the discovery will dispel the view the Revenue is an easy target on the grounds that its checks were more effective than those carried out by the banks.
Identity fraud is yet another setback to the tax credit system.