1 May 2013

HMRC employee in £72,000 tax credit fraud

A former civil servant who made fraudulent tax credit claims totalling £72,000 while working for HMRC has been jailed for two years.

Isomidola Olajide, 35, claimed that she was a single parent from April 2005 to January 2012, when she was actually living with her husband.

Olajide, from Thamesmead in London, worked as an administrative officer for HMRC between 2003 and 2013.

Joff Parsons, senior manager of HMRC internal governance criminal investigations, said: “Over a seven-year period, Olajide abused her position of trust, deliberately attacking and abusing a system designed to provide financial help to the most vulnerable people in our society. HMRC is committed to the highest level of integrity and we take the strongest possible action against the tiny minority who let us all down by falling short of those standards.”

She got away with it for a long time.

She was sentenced to two years in jail at Woolwich Crown Court, having admitted tax credits fraud at a hearing in March.

She will serve one year in prison and the remainder on licence.

Upon sentencing, Judge Moore referred to Olajide’s “hard nosed dishonesty over a significant period of time”.

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