Tax of­fi­cial fraud jailed

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A TAX of­fi­cial who ripped off work­ers by plun­der­ing their ac­counts af­ter they paid their bills has been jailed for a year.

HM Rev­enue and Cus­toms co-or­di­na­tor Karen Hin­dle, 43, pock­eted £12,000 us­ing tax­pay­ers’ bank de­tails.

A po­lice raid re­vealed a stash of more than 50 tax­pay­ers’ bank card de­tails on Post-it notes.

Hin­dle also pock­eted al­most £4,000 in ben­e­fits she wasn’t en­ti­tled to and made a false ap­pli­ca­tion for a £15,000 bank loan.

It was her job to pur­sue tax debts and re­turns, which brought her into di­rect con­tact with tax­pay­ers, Southamp­ton Crown Court heard.

Hin­dle, from Rom­sey, pleaded guilty to fraud through the abuse of her po­si­tion. Judge Peter Ralls QC said: “Only an im­me­di­ate cus­to­dial sen­tence is ap­pro­pri­ate.”

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