Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave….

November 3, 2023

Reading through a BBC report on the court appearances of  a defendant’s relatives  as part of the US investigations into fraud this week, I was a little surprised to see that one of them commented that he gets  thousands of calls a day and did not remember a call, albeit from a few years ago, relating to state fraud.

Which begs the following questions:
1. Assuming he works an 18 hour day, times 60 minutes = 1,080 minutes.
Let’s take a figure of 2,000 calls (based on his statement, just being conservative here!), then he must spend 0.54 of a minute (just over 30 seconds) per call.
So how does he fit in having a drink, eating or even using the toilet?
Maybe he’s like Margaret Thatcher and only needs 4 hours sleep a night…

2. Is this person not senior enough to have a secretary to handle his calls?

3. Is he so used to being accused of fraud that he cannot remember a call about this? I know if I got a call from HMRC about fraud, it would scare the living daylights out of me and whilst I may not recall exact times and dates, it’s not something I would forget.

Oh to have been a fly on the wall during that session in court.

You would think this person would have been better briefed…




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