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Thursday, 20 December 2007
Sauce For The Goose
This being the season of goodwill to all, it is refereshing to see that the HMRC is being served a generous portion of sauce for both the goose and the gander.
Dave Partridge, the Chief Operating officer from the Revenue and Customs prosecutions office, has been fired following concerns that his wife had been employed by the department as a consultant.
Partridge had his contract terminated in August after an inquiry into the employment of his wife, Michaela.
Britain, being such and open democracy, is only now learning of the story as a result of questions being asked in parliament. Richard Bacon, a Conservative member of the House of Commons public accounts committee (PAC), said that Mrs Partridge or her company had been paid £97,907 since her husband was appointed in September 2005.
The RCPO is in charge of prosecuting tax fraud and other major criminal cases, including drug smuggling and money laundering.
Bacon has called for MPs to investigate the RCPO accounts, and to look into propriety at HM Revenue and Customs after new figures suggested that the department was responsible for almost half of the fraud committed across all government departments.
It seems that 190 cases of fraud were reported in HMRC in the last financial year. They were worth more than £1.75m, 45.4% of the value of all departmental fraud.
Kind of ironic isn't it?
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