HMRC says record internal fraud no cause for alarm

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According to a report in last weekend's Observer, nine staff at HMRC have been dismissed with criminal convictions for embezzling the department of a record 2.3 million pounds in the last year. This was revealed following a request under the Freedom of Information act, which also confirmed a further five staff are still under internal investigation. New evidence shows fraud at the department has risen by a third over the past year.

Newly appointed HMRC financial secretary Stephen Timms has yet to issue a statement over the staff dismissals, one of which relates to false expenses claims of over 220,000 for holidays.

Conservative shadow exchequer secretary David Gauke demanded a full departmental investigation, but a spokesperson for HMRCs Law Enforcement department said the partys sta...

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By Anonymous
17th Oct 2008 14:34

Glass Houses
Quite surprising to see Members of Parliament commenting on this sort of thing...

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17th Oct 2008 13:10

Is it me?!
I believe that we have a right to know the whos, whys, whats, and wherefores both under the Public Information Act and morally. HMRC are a public service, paid by us as taxpayers ( please don't call me a "customer" ! ) , aren't they, so surely we are entitled to know the details of the fraud against us ? Or am I being naive in believing that they are not a secret service, and we are entitled to full disclosure ?

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