One of my duties at work was to verify the travel expenses submitted by contractors. I generally cleared the mileage expenses on trust, as the contractors were professionals. One day, I offered a ride to one of the contractors because his car failed to start. Expense reports were due the next day and, out of curiosity, I checked the contractor’s report. To my surprise, he had been charging twice as many miles as his true commute. He had overcharged the company about $100 since joining the project a month earlier.
I pondered the situation all afternoon. I knew that $100 was not a big amount, and reporting this incident would mean expulsion of the contractor. Such expenses are not always audited in a big firm, and discrepancies may even be ignored at times. Should I report the matter?
Contributed by Arpit.
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