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Serious Fraud Office sacks staff for committing fraud

Monday 7th January, 2019

There have been 29 disciplinary cases at the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) since 2015, with one staff member sacked for dishonesty whilst another was fired for falsifying time sheets, according to the Sun newspaper.

A Freedom of Information Act request found two staff have been sacked for dishonesty since 2016, while another was fired for falsifying timesheets.

Two others got sacked for poor attendance, and several were given warnings after accusations of serious wrongdoing.

This follows the collapse of the case brought by the Serious Fraud Office where two former Tesco executives were acquitted in the wake of the 2014 accounting scandal.

The SFO went to the Court of Appeal regarding the dismissal, but its appeal was dismissed in December last year.

A spokesman said: “Serious misconduct by SFO staff is rare but once identified it is dealt with swiftly and fairly under our long-established and robust procedures.”