A4e says ‘majority’ of allegations of multi-billion pound fraud unfounded
Thu, 24 May 2012
The “majority of allegations” made by a whistleblower from welfare to work firm A4e are incorrect, the company claims.
Today (24 May), The Daily Telegraph featured on its front page a story alleging that the company was involved in a “multi-billion pound scandal” whereby public monies were “systematically misused”, according to evidence from former head of audit at the firm Eddie Hutchinson at the Commons public accounts committee earlier this week.
A4e, which has been the subject of significant controversy recently
, released a statement saying that it had “not had formal sight of any of these allegations… They have never been put to us formally and the Telegraph
published them without giving A4e sufficient time to respond fully”.
“The majority of allegations made by Mr Hutchinson are unfounded and untrue”, it continues, adding that the all but one of the “small number of allegations which had any substance” of cases presented in the Telegraph had been found after investigation to have no case to answer.
The remaining case is currently being investigated by the police.