Ex-Navy staff must pay back £1.2m 'wages'
HUNDREDS of serving and former Royal Navy personnel face having their pay packets docked thanks to a £1.2million wages blunder.
Axed and retired sailors are among those expected to be told to pay back cash following a Ministry of Defence (MoD) overpayment error.
The mistake, which affects 423 people, was uncovered on the heels of a long investigation dating back many years in ratings' pay grades.
Those affected will see a shortfall in their pay packets until the debt is settled.
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The error is also thought to affect a number of personnel who have either retired or been made redundant.
The MoD confirmed these would also be expected to pay the money back.
One of those affected is understood to have been told that he must give back as much as £17,000.
Meanwhile, another member of the service has been asked to give back just £9.
The servicemen affected found out in a letter from the MoD.
The department wrote that an investigation had been carried out, saying: "The findings highlighted over-payment to a number of Navy personnel.
"Any overpayment has been held in suspense while the question of write-off action was considered by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency.
"Unfortunately it has been decided that write-off to this debt has been deemed inappropriate."