The project partners were paid their grants in cash by the project officer. She was supposed to get receipts from them but did not do so and no-one in her agency insisted.

After she had left the agency a partner asked for the balance of their grant. The internal auditor then discovered that the project officer had kept most of the grant money and pressurised the partners to keep quiet about it. They had seen her as the “gatekeeper” to the agency and were afraid of upsetting her. The agency collected evidence and prosecuted her successfully.