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Council worker jailed for stealing £2000 of Dartford tax payers’ money

PUBLISHED: 15:51 08 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:01 08 September 2016

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The fraudster had previously stolen almost £90,000 from the London Borough of Hackney

A finance worker for Dartford and Sevenoaks Council has been sentenced to almost three years after stealing £2000 from the council tax accounts of Dartford residents.

Kevin Brown, of Chafford Hundred in Essex, was also found to have stolen nearly £90,000 from the London Borough of Hackney throughout police investigations.

Mr Brown was employed at Sevenoaks Council offices processing council tax revenues for Sevenoaks and Dartford Councils, where security measures found him to be defrauding tax payers’ money. Brown was immediately escorted from the premisis and police were informed.

Dartford council leader Jeremy Kite said: “It is highly possible that his offending would have continued in Kent as it had elsewhere but for the pretty serious anti-fraud measures we have in place locally.

“Brown’s fraud was spotted before a little more than £2,000 of Dartford tax payers’ money was involved and I am grateful to the diligence of officers in the two councils who acted so promptly.

“We will certainly be looking to recover the money although the criminal investigation and jail sentence have been our priority so far.”

Temporary finance agency staff will no longer be used by both of the councils.

Mr Kite added: “On this occasion our procedures kicked-in exactly as we would have hoped and the offences were spotted very early on.

“But the truth is that we have great confidence in the staff we employ directly and we should entrust the job to them.”

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