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Landmark social care case

A huge achievement for our counter fraud team this week.

The first social care fraud prosecuted by Veritau and City of York Council has reached its conclusion in court this week. A man from York has been given a 20 month suspended sentence, 80 hours of unpaid work and an order to pay the council more than £1,100 in costs, for a fraud depriving the public purse of over £86k.

The officers getting through 1,000+ referrals a year

Fraud support officers are vital to the work the counter fraud team does. Deborah has been a support officer for 10 years, and started just after Veritau was formed back in 2009. Her role involves seeing a large number of cases at the initial referral stage, responding to and quality-controlling the referrals before they are passed to the rest of the team. Deborah investigates numerous types of fraud and is a member of the IDEA team, trained in specialist software for data analytics.

10 years as a senior investigator - what's changed?

Jane has been a senior investigator for almost 10 years. She started with a small team that has grown significantly, and the work has diversified into many new fraud areas. The counter fraud team investigates 10 different types of fraud and no two days are the same. Jane started working at City of York Council in 2000 as a benefit assessor and moved to their fraud team in 2002.

Using data analytics to fight fraud

Ben, the fraud team’s data analytics specialist, has been with Veritau for five years. A large part of his job is working with specialist software IDEA, computer aided auditing tool that allows a trained user to analyse large and complex sets of data. Ben was given a lot of independence with the software to explore how it worked and how Veritau could develop this area to provide greater assurance. After teaching himself much of the software, he attended formal training and became a Certified IDEA Data Analyst.

Veritau shortlisted for prestigious award

Veritau has been announced as a finalist at the Tackling Economic Crime Awards (TECAs) 2019. Sponsored by Cifas, the UK’s leader in fraud prevention, the awards recognise those working to combat economic crime and provide an opportunity for outstanding performers in the field to be recognised. We are proud to be nominated alongside teams from HMRC, the Cabinet Office and Serious Fraud Office.

Tackling Economic Crime Awards - Finalist

Risk in focus

Identifying, assessing and managing risks to objectives is vital for the success of any organisation. The speed of change within organisations and in the wider external environment means organisations need to be alert to the most significant risks they face.

Veritau to launch Cyber Security Awareness Week

Veritau will shortly be launching its Cyber Security Awareness Week. The campaign will highlight the risks and challenges organisations face in the digital age. With several high profile cyber incidents in the news recently we all need to be alert to the risks we face.

The fraud team have been working with our Communications Officer to prepare messages and infographics for the week. Cyber Security Awareness Week will be from 9 - 13 September.

Cyber Security Awareness Week

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. 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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