Group tackles MoD conmen

A LEGAL advice charity is demanding more protection for “whistleblowers” in a report on fraud and corruption by officials at the Ministry of Defence.

Public Concern at Work (PCW) wants a hotline for those who expose wrong-doing, and clauses written in to MoD contracts to penalise firms which do not punish fraudsters.

PCW – which includes Sir Gordon Borrie, Lord Oliver, and Peter Goldsmith among its backers – was set up two years ago to identify fraud and other malpractice in the workplace. The report, 'Blowing the whistle on defence procurement', identifies two cases where MoD employees faced disciplinary action after trying to expose financial irregularities.