Monday, April 18, 2005

Don't worry, it was only £850,000.

£850,000 of your money has been stolen from under John Prescott's nose at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (OPDM)!! Why doesn't the BBC report this in their "Election 2005" site? Does that mean that there are public savings to be had of at least £850,000? It appears to be one of the oldest frauds in the book, a married couple colluding to overcome internal accounting controls and setting up a false company to invoice them. I guess I should also be shocked that any civil servant would want to enrich themselves at the expense of the taxpayer!!

If you were wondering if any good has resulted from the fraud, policies delayed, programmes disrupted, an OPDM spokesman confirms our worst fears, "None of our programmes of work has been compromised". That's a real shame. However, if the spokesman is correct, are there further savings that could be made without compromising the programmes? At least they didn't miss the £850k!!

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