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A debt collection officer with HMRC has been handed a 2 and a half year prison sentence for stealing money from taxpayers.

Geoffrey Eley had been making door to door visits to both businesses and individuals between 2001 and 2007.

When cash payments were made, Eley pocketed the cash and attempted to cover his tracks by assigning unrelated cheques to their accounts.

Eley used photocopies of official HMRC receipts in order to convince taxpayers they had settled debts with the taxman.

The serving HMRC officer of almost 27 years stole a total of £84,950 with amounts ranging from between £1,000 to £28,904.

Head of HMRC’s internal governance criminal investigations, Joff Parsons, 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. Corruption amongst our staff is rare and will not be tolerated.

According to Parsons, HMRC has taken steps to ensure similar cases do not happen again.

KinsellaTax says “no comment”.

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