New research has found that 20 per cent of workers confess to defrauding their employer through exaggerated expense claims.
The survey, conducted by employee expenses service provider GlobalExpense, found that one in five admitted to exaggerating an expense claim and one in 10 said they would probably do it again over the Christmas period because of the economic downturn.
Nearly four million employees in Britain can claims expenses and the average amount added to an expense claims is about £14.
"Expenses are not a benefit to which employees are entitled," says employment solicitor Andrew Haywood of City law firm Dawsons LLP. "An employee who is caught participating in fraudulant claims against their employer risks facing disciplinary action and possibly criminal prosecution"
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