Paul Carter Denies Kent County Council Mix-up Wrongdoing
A man paid £20,000 by mistake because he has the same name as a council leader has denied he was wrong to leave the UK without repaying the money.
Kent County Council paid allowances intended for council leader Paul Carter to a vehicle maintenance fitter with the same name.
The council said it only recovered £769 of the £21,398 and could not trace him.
But Mr Carter, who now works in north-west China, said he “certainly did not” run off with taxpayers’ money.
Mr Carter, who was based at the Aylesford depot, was paid the money between September 2007 and March 2008.