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The skyrocketing cost of living is being blamed for a surge in fraudulent expense claims

Skyrocketing cost of living blamed for surge in fraudulent claims: New research shows 13% rise in claims so far this year

A sharp rise in the cost of living has been blamed for a surge in fraudulent expense claims, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Sunil Nigam, the company’s service program boss at ExpenseOnDemand, said false claims have risen 13 percent this year – and he expects that trend to continue. He said tough economic conditions historically lead to a spike in false claims as employees look to increase their income.

Millions of people across the UK have to pay work expenses before they can claim them back from their employers. The biggest expenses are gas and entertainment.

Fraud: False claims include multiple orders for one meal and adding extra mileage

Nigam said employees were caught buying plane tickets for family and gifts for friends, claiming they were for customers. False claims include multiple claims for one meal and extra mileage.

One of the firm’s clients had a mileage bill totaling £1.2m, but when workers’ claims were matched with Google Maps data, it appeared it should have been £800,000.

Among the more surprising claims were receipts for a belly dancer for more than £2,500 as part of a hotel stay; £950 for one taxi ride; and a claim of £800 for a hairdresser to prepare for the campaign.

Nigam, whose firm tracks and audits claims to minimize fraud, said: “Unfortunately, as money gets tighter, fraudulent expense claims are increasing as employees try to increase their income.”

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The skyrocketing cost of living is being blamed for a surge in fraudulent expense claims

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