Midlothian Council probe into fuel thefts

“Weak” controls that enabled council employees to steal fuel from local depots are in the process of being tightened up.

As previously reported in the Advertiser, the theft of red diesel through private use of fuel cards resulted in the council launching an internal investigation.

A damning report by Risk and Audit Manager Gerald Tait uncovered a “weak system of internal control” for Shell fuel cards.

Police launched their own investigation after three employee fuel depot PIN numbers were identified as having being used after those employees had left the council. It was also discovered that “at least one” member of staff had used a card to fill their own vehicle.

Read full story in the December 20 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.