19 July 2016
Counter fraud experts Veritau are finalists for a prestigious national award for Excellence in Corporate Fraud.
The Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation awards recognise organisations that excel in fraud, and which display innovation and enterprise.
City of York Council and North Yorkshire County Council worked together in 2009 to form Veritau which delivers counter fraud services to both authorities. In 2012 Ryedale, Hambleton, Selby and Richmondshire District Council became members of the Veritau Group and, in addition, Veritau works for a number of local housing associations.
The team now investigates a wide range of fraud that affect its clients, having started out as a purely benefit fraud investigation service. Over the last three financial years, fraud investigations conducted by Veritau produced actual savings of over £500,000 for its clients as well as prosecuting 42 people, recovering 87 social housing properties, stopping 44 attempts to fraudulently gain social housing, and blocking 14 false applications for school placements.
Following a successful application for government fraud funding the team is currently undertaking cross-boundary data-matching exercises in York and North Yorkshire.
As a finalist in these awards, Veritau is recognised as one of the top fraud teams in country along with the two other finalists in the field of Excellence in Corporate Fraud – the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Oxford City Council. The winner will be announced in October.
Cllr David Carr, Leader of City of York Council with responsibility for Housing and Safer Neighbourhoods, said: “I’m delighted that Veritau’s work to uncover, investigate and successfully prosecute fraud in the city is being recognised in this way. Not only that, but their partner working to limit the opportunity for fraud in the first instance, is commendable. I wish them all the best in the awards, and continued success for their work in York and North Yorkshire.”
Cllr Gareth Dadd, Deputy Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, said: “This is an excellent example of what can be achieved when local authority partners work well together. The success of Veritau speaks for itself through the fruits of its investigations and the savings it has realised in only a few years. The team’s recognition in these national awards is well deserved and no doubt heralds further successes to come.”