Hot off the press.
Skulduggery appears to be more afoot than I’d originally thought.
It’s alive, well and successfully feasting on the plump, juicy opportunities afforded by The-Virus. It’s veritably banqueting amongst the fear, slash economic uncertainty, currently faced by many households across the globe.
Today’s Scumbag-Spotlight falls in an area of the UK called Milton Keynes.
Here we find a charming little man, let’s call him Jim-Tea-Leaf-Swindley, who is claiming the furlough money for his employees but omitting to actually pass any percent, never mind all eighty-five of the legally required per-cents, to his loyal team.
And it gets worse.
Jim-Tea-Leaf-Swindley is the MD of a company that, quite stunningly, handles the financial matters of his clients.
Yes, this piece of work runs an accounting firm.
Unfortunately his company tag-line appears to be ‘Swipe it and Scarper’ which, needless to say, has been left off of his company blurb and so, his clients were probably unaware that, in addition to fleecing his employees, he has no moral objection to stitching them up too.
Old Jimbo doesn’t pay his rent, dodges emails from his clients and routinely ignores their calls. To be fair, and in his defence, the reason that he’s never able to ring his customers back could possibly be that his internal, swanky, telephone system was repossessed earlier this year.
He sends fake emails to clients from his employees, you know, pretending to be them.
And if said employee catches him out and complains?
Well, Tea-Leaf-Swindley simply back-doors his email system again and goes fishing for another employee to impersonate.
So that should tell you something.
Jim Swindley is being chased for money by pretty much everyone he has ever shaken hands with, he’s been sued for fraud by a former client, and a winding-up order is currently in process.
So my question is this:
Why has he been entrusted with the statutory benefits owed to his employees?
Y’know, those solid, hard-working folk whose dreams extend to things like being able to buy food, electricity and water.
A winding-up order in The Gazette should surely have been a red flag?
Now, I have to stress here that I’m quite certain the majority of employers are passing on furlough payments to their teams.
I’m equally sure that these business leaders are genuinely concerned about their staff and want to make sure the business is fit and ready to go when the pandemic passes.
And fair play to them.
But before money started being handed out, shouldn’t No10 have run some very basic checks to assess the stability of the business they were showering the free dosh onto?
It’s not exactly rocket surgery to envisage the possibility that a pumping vein of cash might attract some sharks (or accountants apparently) into the waters.
Swindler-Jim meanwhile, is not worrying about his utilities or his supermarket bill. Nope, he is joyously lavishing his Ferrety-Funds on private education for his brood, and private villas in the mediterranean.
All while his employees are suffering.
And because of pick-pockets like Jim-Swindley, action on behalf of the Government is needed.
And really, that’s all I have to say about that.
For today at least.
But who knows what I might say tomorrow.
<she added menacingly>
NB: All claims made in this blog post can be evidenced should any of the 5-0 be reading on their lunch-break.
Names have been changed to protect the innocent.
And by innocent, I mean me of course.
Not the sleazy, thieving, slime-sucker who’s pocketing people’s cash.
That Payroll-Pirate can go and duck himself.