Royal Mint executive earning £123,000 salary 'claimed £45,000 on expenses including 45p pack of tissues'

‘An executive at the government-owned Royal Mint reportedly billed the taxpayer for a 45p packet of tissues as he clocked up £45,000 in expenses in a year.

Director of bullion Chris Howard also claimed for a 50p packet of chewing gum and a £1.50 bottle of water despite earning £123,000 a year, according to the Sunday Times.

He ordered a $14 Bloody Mary at 11.30am during a business trip to Las Vegas, figures obtained by the newspaper through a Freedom of Information request revealed.

Mr Howard’s bills apparently provided a glimpse into the extraordinary lifestyle of a man who travels the globe selling bullion.

He spent £15,000 stay at some of the world’s most luxurious hotels last year and £8,700 entertaining contacts and staff, the newspaper reported.’

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