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SOUTH LANARKSHIRE SUSPENDS FOUR OVER ALLEGED FRAUD

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Fraud squad detectives have been called in to investigate employees at South Lanarkshire Council after it was disco...
Fraud squad detectives have been called in to investigate employees at South Lanarkshire Council after it was discovered that payments totalling£100,000 have been made for building materials and goods which have not been received.

The Scotsman (p6) reports that four building services employees have been suspended after the irregularities came to light and the initial figure could spiral as auditors examine transactions stretching back five years.

A council source said: 'More than£60,000 had been paid out for goods that were supposed to have been received, but it was only when another batch of invoices for a further£30,000 was received that somebody questioned them.'

A spokesman for the council said: 'During routine internal checks covering the council's Lanark business unit, a possible irregularity came to light. As a result of this four employees were placed on precautionary suspension 10 days ago.'
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