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Internal Audit Awareness Month

Internal Audit Awareness Month begins today, which celebrates and promotes the profession of Internal Auditors (yes, they get a whole month of glory!). The IIA, who run the campaign, aim to "dispel misperceptions of the profession, and enhance the business community’s knowledge of the essential role internal auditing plays in strong organisational governance, internal control, and effective risk management." 

What is internal audit?

Group of five sentenced for stealing over £60,000 from elderly York resident

An investigation carried out by City of York Council and North Yorkshire Police has successfully prosecuted five individuals who stole £61,980 from an elderly resident in York. The investigation involving North Yorkshire Police and Veritau, the council’s fraud investigation service, began following concern the victim was being financially influenced. The investigation was conducted following the victim’s request for a social

Richmond Fraudster Prosecuted

A fraudster who took more than £1500 in council tax support he wasn’t entitled to was successfully prosecuted this week.

Following an investigation carried out by Veritau on behalf of Richmondshire District Council the fraudster was ordered to repay the cash – and undertake unpaid work.

The Cost of Tenancy Fraud #TFAW2019

Tenancy fraud cost the UK over £216 million in 2018. This includes £55 million lost through the subletting of council and social housing tenancies, and £92 million lost through fraudulent Right to Buy applications. A social housing property being misused directly affects individuals and families who are waiting on the housing list, and in genuine need.

Veritau Feature in Institute of Risk Management

Veritau’s Risk Management service has been featured in a recent case study published by the Institute of Risk Management. 

The Institute of Risk Management is the leading professional body for risk management and is internationally recognised for providing quality risk management education. Four of our auditors hold the International Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management qualification, with one of these officers continuing onto the Diploma stage.

Malton Woman Prosecuted for Council Tax Fraud

A female living in Malton has been successfully prosecuted by Ryedale District Council. The woman had claimed Council Tax Reduction since 2013, based on her family’s low income. However, she failed to notify Ryedale District Council that she was working as a self employed cleaner in 2015 and again in 2016. She also failed to declare that her husband had started self employment early in 2014.

Single Person Discount Data Match Prosecution

Richmondshire District Council’s fraud team has uncovered and successfully prosecuted a serious case of fraud which deprived the public purse of over £2,000.

This was the first case of its kind to be discovered through a data matching exercise conducted by the council’s fraud provider, Veritau Ltd. The exercise compared records from multiple sources and revealed that a second individual was linked to a property which had been declared as being occupied by a sole adult.

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