Tax official fraud jailed
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.”