Out tax money at work ...
An unqualified accountant who hid his criminal past has been jailed for four years for stealing almost £1m from John Prescott's department.
Robert Adewunmi, 32, lied about his qualifications to work for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
He was hired as a 'trouble-shooter' in the Budget and Data Management Division. Words fail me. Controls seem to have failed them.
Judge Christopher Hardy said the father-of-two had masterminded an "audacious" fraud on a large scale.
"Sadly it is yet another example of a public body being plundered by a dishonest employee in a position of trust, on this occasion the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister," he said.
"Of course it was not the deputy prime minister's money you stole, but money entrusted to him by the public, the taxpayers, and it was certainly not meant to satisfy your greed and lavish lifestyle to which you and your wife soon put it."
Entrusted to him ? Don't you mean 'taken under the threat of imprisonment' ?
Mehdi V Tzipy
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