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LOAN SHARK PAY OFF INVESTIGATION AT INVERCLYDE COUNCIL

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Police may be called into investigate allegations that£1,500 of public money was used by social workers to pay off...
Police may be called into investigate allegations that£1,500 of public money was used by social workers to pay off a loan shark, reports the Scotsman (p7).

Inverclyde council has brought in auditors to investigate claims that the money was authorised by social workers to pay off a couple's debt to the alleged illegal money lender.

Director of social work Donald McQuade recommended to the council's chief executive that auditors be brought in after an internal investigation proved inconclusive.

Councillor Yvonne Robertson told the paper: 'Allegations about a loan shark were made in court and it was not good enough for the report (into the matter) to say that investigations were inconclusive.

'It is taxpayers money we are talking about and councils have to be accountable for every penny they spend.'
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