Yea, I have no textual evidence to support my feelings but I think its almost a given that littlefinger was stealing from the crown. Every time the crown needed additional money littlefinger was the one that got it. He would'nt have needed to do anyhting elaborate like resell goods to the crown for profit. He could simply skim a little off the top each time he used a new initiative to give the crown more money for example:
- During the war of 5 kings: When littlefinger came up with the idea of instituting a tax for entrance into kings landing during the war of the five kings when the smallfolk were running away from the war and sought protection in kingslanding. I could see him easily taking 10% off the top and nobody would be the wiser because nobody could track down all of the people who gave their money and possesions to enter the city it would be a logistical nightmare to prove he had been stealing. There is no telling how much money he could have made during this period alone.
I agree he could get 10% of the profit for himself, but reselling Crown goods could be more profitable. Especially if Crown sells goods to LF employee and he later buys it from the Crown, and gives money to LF.
Who is going to check? Arrogant, greedy, spoiled Queen? I think this was Queens job (to check what comes into keep and out of keep, to manage the housekeep). But Cersei would be more interested in buying jewels and clothes. Master of Coin? Jon Arryn? Jon could, but if he ever have doubts, Robert didn't want to 'count coppers'.
It's possible, but there is no evidence he did.
I think there's clues in text. Could someone find quote where Tyrion thinks how competent LF is?
Edited by Lady Winter Rose, 28 December 2013 - 01:29 PM.