The Daily Record reports that Elizabeth Gibson, an HMRC employee, defrauded HMRC out of £58K over a period of 7 years.
Apparently she made false claims for dead relatives and people who didn't exist.
It is not clear to me as to why the system did not flag that the people had died several years before the fraud started, I assume that at the time of their deaths HMRC (Inland Revenue as it then was) would have been informed?
I would be interested to know how she was able to do this, and what caused the fraud to be discovered.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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