Civil servant claimed dead man’s expenses.

Posted: July 19, 2010 in Broken Britain, Law & Disorder

NHS Counter Fraud Service Press Release

IlieA civil servant has been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for defrauding his employers, the Department of Health and later the Ministry of Justice after stealing more than £137,000 (Southwark Crown Court, Wednesday 14 July).Over £30,000 of this was stolen when he was at the Department of Health.

The sentencing of Andre Malu, 40, of Upper Tollington Park, Finsbury Park, London, follows an investigation by the Economic and Specialist Crime Directorate of the Metropolitan Police, supported by the NHS Counter Fraud Service and Ministry of Justice investigators.

Malu earlier pleaded guilty to theft and money laundering offences. After taking an accountancy degree, he had been appointed as a Payroll Administrator at the Department of Health, in charge of expense claims for members of Mental Health Review Tribunals. He abused this trusted position to steal public money and send it to bank accounts that had been set up using false identity documents.

After the responsibility for administering these tribunals was transferred to the Ministry of Justice in 2006, Malu kept his post and continued to generate fraudulent payments.

His dishonesty came to light when it was discovered that expenses had been claimed for a man who had died several years earlier.

Malu defrauded a total of £137, 285.80 between 1st July 2005 and 1st March 2008 through numerous bogus payments, which were generated after genuine recipients’ bank details had been altered on his employers’ computer systems.

In summing up, Recorder Carr noted that it was a sophisticated and long-running fraud.

Mick Hayes, Operational Fraud Manager of the NHS Counter Fraud Service’s Operational Support Team, said:

“This is a good example of the convictions that are achieved through our close working with the Police and investigators in government departments. All suspicions of fraud against the Department of Health should be reported to the NHS Counter Fraud Service. Wherever appropriate, we will thoroughly investigate, press for prosecution and push for the strongest sanctions.”

Malu pleaded guilty to two counts of Theft contrary to the Theft Act 1968 and two counts of Concealment of Criminal Property, contrary to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (the money laundering charge).


The value of fraud and unlawful action identified by NHS Counter Fraud Service in 2009/10 was £10,951,069.

The Moldovans are coming!

Over 900,000 Moldovans with an ethnic Romanian background have applied for passports from Romania, an EU travel document that will allow them free movement into Britain.

Up to 120,000 Romanian passport applications have already been cleared and 800,000 are pending which could lead to a mass migration westwards from Moldova towards the UK.

Traian Basescu, Romania’s president, has promised that all Moldovans, most of the country’s 3.6 million population, who consider themselves Romanian should be able to “move freely both in Romania and the EU”.

Blind people ordered off buses.

IlieBlind passengers are being ordered off buses or refused taxi rides because Muslim drivers or passengers object to their ‘unclean’ guide dogs. One pensioner, a cancer sufferer, told how had twice been confronted by drivers and asked to get off the bus because of his guide dog, and had also faced hostility at a hospital and in a supermarket over the animal.

More taxpayers’ money to line warlords’ pockets?

International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell will today announce that Britain is to boost spending on aid projects in Afghanistan by 40%, from £510 million to £710m.

However Christian Aid has warned plans to boost aid in Afghanistan are “fraught with danger” and says the British government risks repeating mistakes of the past when cash intended for relief and reconstruction ended up in the pockets of corrupt warlords.

  1. Howard Thomas says:

    2 years for Malu is ,quite simply, not enough. Early release will probably reduce this to a matter of months! As for people that are entitled to move to the UK, what the hell are we doing to ourselves by allowing this to happen?

  2. Howard Thomas says:

    And bus drivers that have a problem with guide dogs ought to find a job that suits them! Clearly driving a bus is not the right one.

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