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Tax Office Worker Jailed for Fraud

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:03am 11th November 2013.

A former St Austell tax office worker has been jailed after a £93,000 fraud.

Tracey Oakle has been sent down for 18 months after telling officials she was single so she could claim tax credits and lying about how much her childcare cost.

Truro Crown Court heard the forty-three year old from Trethosa Road, St Stephen was actually living with her husband.

The fraud was uncovered by HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) Tax Credit Office and referred for criminal investigation.

Joff Parsons, Assistant Director, HMRC Internal Governance Criminal Investigations, said:

"Oakley stole from her employer and the wider public. She has lost her job and reputation, and gained a prison sentence. HMRC investigates any suspicion of wrongdoing and our internal security systems led to this successful prosecution."

When challenged for evidence of her claims, in an attempt to hide her deception, Oakley provided false consecutively numbered handwritten invoices and a fake childcare contract.   

The childcare receipts showed payments were made in cash, but this was not supported by Oakley's bank statements. She claimed childcare costs of around £280 a week. The fraud took place between November 2006 and September 2012.

Oakley pleaded guilty at Truro Crown Court on 11 October 2013 and was jailed for 18 months on Friday.

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