Charges brought after £2million fraud at council

Friday October 5th 2018

Midlothian Council
Written by Local Democracy reporter, Marie Sharp

Four people have been charged following an investigation into allegations of fraud at Midlothian Council.

Police have confirmed two men aged 63 and 49 and two women aged 61 and 50 have been reported to the procurator fiscal.

An investigation was launched earlier this year into claims over £2million had been handed to a contractor who was not on an approved list.

The alleged payments were made as part of road services works over a period of seven years.

Midlothian Council called in the police after an internal report revealed concerns.

It reported that a senior manager had resigned following their own investigation in the payments.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Following a referral from Midlothian council and an investigation by the Economic Crime Unit, two men aged 63 and 49, and two women aged 61 and 50 have been charged. A report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal.”

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