University employee in stamps scam

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An aerial view of the campus of the University of Almería

By David Jackson

A civil servant at the University of Almería has been charged with fraud after auditors found he had spent €240,000 supposedly buying postage stamps over the last 12 years.

The public prosecution alleges the man was handing in false invoices every fortnight to justify taking money from petty cash.

The invoices were never questioned by the University accountants even though they were not issued by the state postal service, Correos.

Alarm bells rang after auditors spotted a €31,000 expense entry for stamps in the accounts for one department during a cost cutting exercise.

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