DWP fraud investigator denies tax scam claim

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Posted on: 18/09/2013 09:19 by Lynne Troughton
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Business graduate claims she played no role in £885,000 deception

A fraud investigator came under investigation herself when HM Revenue and Customs found it had been cheated out of more than £800,000.

Business graduate Elizabeth Lewis, 38, had been working as a benefit fraud investigator for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for 12 years when she was arrested along with her husband, Mark Scott Lewis, at their Rhondda home, a jury heard.

He later admitted cheating the taxman through the charity Welsh Independent School of Climbing and Mountaineering (WISCM), which had been set up by him in 2006.

But his wife denies allegations by HM Revenue and Customs that she was party to the scam, receiving thousands of pounds into her personal bank account in the charity’s name and became the owner of a rental house bought with its cash.