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HMRC debt collector jailed 21 June 2010

Geoffrey Eley, 44, from Redditch, Worcestershire, duped 15 taxpayers into believing they had paid their debts by showing them photocopies of official HMRC receipts, and then pocketing their cash payments.

Eley, who worked at HMRC for almost 27 years, stole a total of £84,950 between 2001 and 2007 and attempted to cover his tracks by crediting the accounts of those he conned with cheque payments received from unconnected third party taxpayers. The individual amounts he stole ranged from £1,000 to £28,904.

Joff Parsons, head of HMRC’s internal governance criminal investigations, said: "HMRC expects the highest standards of behaviour from its staff. Eley abused his position of trust for personal gain.

“We will relentlessly pursue anyone who attempts to steal from public funds and they will face criminal sanctions. HMRC has taken steps to ensure that this abuse can not be repeated. Corruption amongst our staff is rare and will not be tolerated.”

Eley was sentenced at Hereford Crown Court. He pleaded guilty to 13 counts of theft and one count of money laundering.



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