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HACKNEY MANAGER HIDES DEBTS OF£800,000

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Hackney LBC has launched an investigation into how a senior social services manager hid£800,000 worth of unpaid in...
Hackney LBC has launched an investigation into how a senior social services manager hid £800,000 worth of unpaid invoices in order to cover up an overspend on his budget.

Neil Niehorster admitted hiding the invoices to the borough's social services director, Joyce Moseley, two weeks ago.

A 'devastated and ashamed' Mr Niehorster resigned soon after. He said he was fearful of admitting to the overspend because he felt insecure in his job. There is no question of fraud having been perpetrated.

Hackney officials are mystified as to how one manager was able to conceal such a large financial commitment within his 1995-96 budget.

Auditors began their examination of the relevant accounts in February and produced a draft report in June. But the first sign of a problem only emerged on 18 July when a care provider wrote demanding payment.

An inquiry was set up in August but the council remained in the dark until Mr Niehorster confessed.

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