Well, it looks like all TD's should be looking over their shoulder. It seems that the MoS have exposed yet another member of our fine Government for alleged false invoices. (2 separate articles)
The ¿2k invoices that don't add up: TD and garage defend the receipts with no numbers... and wrong VAT date | Mail Online
The Cork TD had purchased three different car-phone kits between 2004 and 2009, and on the most recent invoice, for one such hands-free kit, the bill came to €737.53.
The cost of the work to install a Bluetooth cradle, at €330, was more than the cost of the equipment itself at €319.81.
Curious, the Irish Mail on Sunday contacted O’Keeffe’s car dealership, TR Motors, on Harold’s Cross Road, Dublin.
A reporter posed as a customer interested in buying a Bluetooth kit for a Mercedes car.
Asked if there would be labour costs to install such a system, an employee said: ‘No, no, it would be quick enough to pop in.’The accounts employee said he could find no invoice or payment for that amount on Mr O’Keeffe’s account.
He told the MoS: ‘I don’t see that on the account, €737.53... there’s no amount of €737.53.’
In order to double check that no mistake was being made, a second phone call to the accounts department confirmed that the work done could not have been paid for without appearing on the accounts system.
The employee was clear. ‘Irrespective of if it be upstairs or downstairs it would still be on here... It would have to go on the account, it would be in the bank and the bank would reconcile it. It would have to go somewhere. All payments are on the account.’
FF TD's bogus phone claims: Former minister recevied expenses on foot of three irregular receipts
A senior Fianna Fáil TD has claimed mobile phone expenses using bogus invoices, the Irish Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Former junior minister Ned O’Keeffe submitted three invoiced claims totalling €2,237.53 between 2006 and 2009.
However none of the receipts filed under the TD Direct Purchase Scheme feature an invoice number, all appear to have the wrong VAT rate – and the garage’s own accounts department say that the Cork TD’s account shows no record of a transaction in September 2009 for which he claimed €737 from the Oireachtas.
I actually would have thought the 2/3rd rule applied in this case, guess you learn something new every day.However our investigation has revealed that:
None of the receipts displays an invoice number, even though the company’s accounts department has confirmed in all cases there should be such a number.
The invoices use an incorrect VAT rate for goods and labour.
One of the receipts bills €300 in labour charges, even though no labour is required to install the Bluetooth kit described.
Just one of the invoices displays the firm’s VAT number.
The garage’s own accounts department told an undercover MoS reporter that Mr O’Keeffe’s account with the firm shows no record of a transaction for €737 in September 2009 – even though that is what is claimed on one of his invoices.