BRITISH employees are fiddling over £1 billion a year in dodgy expense claims, according to Travelodge.
The budget hotel chain surveyed 3,000 British employees and found one of the most popular scams involves business people entertaining clients in a cheap restaurant, then eating privately in a much nicer place and using that as the receipt they claim back.
After all the controversy surrounding MP’s expenses in the media recently, the budget hotel chain has found some of the claims made by the general public are even more tenuous, and include plastic surgery, dancing lessons and even a goat.
The figure is based on the 18 per cent of the population who admit to fiddling their accounts, with an average over-claim of £17 a month.
The most popular ruses are extra taxi receipts, plumping up the mileage and swapping cheap, legitimate dining receipts for much nicer private entertaining costs.
Guy Parsons, Travelodge Chief Operating Officer, said: “In today’s climate, companies cannot afford to splurge workers on ridiculous non work related expense claims which is costing bosses over £1 billion a year.
“Even tweaks on everyday claims such as taxis, mileage and the odd bottle of wine can really rack up a business bill over the year.
"With the new financial year fast approaching this is the ideal time for employers to adopt a low-cost culture, starting by reviewing their expenses policy first.”
84 per cent of those who admitted to the fraud said they didn’t feel any guilt about their actions.