Council probe finds £2.1m of irregular payment
1st Jun 2018
A fraud investigation has found Midlothian Council awarded £2.1 million worth of work to a contractor not on the approved list. The internal probe followed serious allegations by members of staff about suspected irregularities relating to roads contract management. A confidential report of the findings from the council’s internal audit and corporate fraud team has been sent to Police Scotland. And recommendations on tightening up the council’s procedures will be considered at a special meeting of the audit committee on Tuesday.
A second phase of the probe will include a detailed analysis of spending on services and what work is done. Council chief executive Kenneth Lawrie said: “I am, along with senior colleagues, absolutely determined that we will get to the root of these issues. There can be no place within the council for poor practice, wrongdoing or impropriety. We have a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to this and will act robustly to tackle and resolve it, taking all further actions which may be necessary.”
Source: Ian Swanson, Edinburgh Evening News, 11/05/18 - https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/crime/midlothian-fraud-probe-uncovers-2-1m-payment-1-4738502
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