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    Fraud halts New York payroll project

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    In New York City, a government plan for a new payroll system that was supposed to reduce fraud has resulted in the opposite.

    The project, to modernise the current paper-based system with a computerised biometric one, was meant to cost US taxpayers $63m.

    But due to what authorities describe as jaw-dropping fraud - including overbilling and kickbacks - this amount escalated to over $600m.

    Prosecutors have charged 10 individuals, including city employees and subcontractors, in connection with the scheme.

    Al Jazeera's Kristen Saloomey reports from New York.