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Dilbert creator Scott Adams has chosen a winner in a competition to find the most creative expense claim.

The award goes to an employee of a Bay Area software house who claimed the cost of two Voodoo Dolls to be used against an industry analyst who he says was antagonistic to the company.

Dan Wolff claimed for two voodoo dolls at $70 plus $1 for two sets of coffin nails. One doll was earmarked for the analyst, the other for the analyst's PR minder. The claim was made with the blessing of Wolff's company vice president (cheat - Ed), and was processed successfully, but the dolls were never dispatched.

"I expect Dan Wolff to go far in management," said Adams, who was the sole judge of the competition run as a publicity ruse for the online administration service FreeWorks.com.

Adams said he was looking for "the more bizzare, the better" particularly "something cruel and unusual", according to the San Francisco Examiner.

Other nominations included a claim for hiring an elephant to pull heavy machinery out of mud, and a claim for $2788 to damage to a hotel room after an employee tried to cook a sausage on a can of camping fuel. The claim also asked for reimbursement of the 75c can of fuel.

The full winners will be revealed today. ®

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