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SHEFFIELD CRITICISED OVER EMPLOYEE FRAUD INACTION

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Sheffield City Council has been criticised for failing to deal properly with 72 staff members who were allegedly in...
Sheffield City Council has been criticised for failing to deal properly with 72 staff members who were allegedly involved in fraud, reports The Times (p2).

The 32 opposition members (31 Liberal Democrats and one Conservative) are considering calling for a fraud squad investigation.

An independent auditors' report says 79 council employees were involved in defrauding the council of£145,000, but most individual cases were not deemed serious enough to prosecute.

Of 73 workers allegedly involved in housing benefit fraud, three were sacked and one reinstated on appeal. The council is now considering over 100 compulsory redundancies, the paper reports.

City treasurer Malcolm Newman said that their decisions not to prosecute were taken on advice that if the offences were not serious enough to warrant dismissal, the Crown would be unlikely to pursue prosecutions.
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