How British Council Fell Victim to Nigerian Fraudsters

How British Council Fell Victim to Nigerian Fraudsters

Nigeria's vast and ingenious fraud industry has suckered in another high-profile victim – the British Council.

How British Council Fell Victim to Nigerian Fraudsters

The Foreign Office-funded cultural relations body has lost at least £175,000 (N42,977,155) in a scam that ran undetected for seven years.

One member of staff, working in collusion with a criminal gang, submitted false invoices for venue hire and cleaning. Another charged locals for work that should have been done by the British Council for free and pocketed the cash.

The total bill could run to £375,000 (N92,093,903) – although the cash, officials stress, comes from the commercial wing so no taxpayers' money is at risk.

In the spending review William Hague ordered the British Council to become less reliant on FCO funding – and to help 'promote UK prosperity'.

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