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Phantom professor claims salary for 15 years
August 28, 2007 / 12:16 PM / 10 years ago

Phantom professor claims salary for 15 years

PARIS (Reuters) - A French tax official cheated the government out of 600,000 euros ($820,000) by creating a phantom identity as a university professor and claiming a salary for some 15 years, the government said Monday.

<p>Euro notes are displayed in an undated file photo. A French tax official cheated the government out of 600,000 euros ($820,000) by creating a phantom identity as a university professor and claiming a salary for some 15 years, the government said Monday. REUTERS/Thierry Roge</p>

Education Ministry officials uncovered the scam in June and began legal and disciplinary action immediately, Budget Minister Eric Woerth said in a statement.

He said he “desired action to be undertaken urgently to prevent a recurrence of an abuse of this kind.”

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