The 8th Edition of the Audit Together newsletter, published by Veritau and partners, is now available:
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?
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
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.
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.
In 2018, £216.1 million was lost due to housing fraud, making it the most expensive area of fraud detected in the public sector. The annual Tenancy Fraud Awareness Week for Yorkshire and Humberside runs from Monday 11th March to Friday 15th March 2019.
Veritau has helped City of York Council to achieve a successful prosecution for Council Tax Reduction fraud. The defendant fraudulently claimed almost £6,000 in Council Tax Reduction that he was not entitled to.
An investigation carried out by Richmondshire District Council has uncovered and successfully prosecuted a serious case of fraud in the city, which deprived the public purse of £770.61.
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.
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.
An investigation carried out by Veritau on behalf of the City of York Council resulted in a prosecution for Disabled Blue Badge fraud.
On 23 October, York Magistrates sentenced a couple from Malton to a 12-month conditional discharge each and ordered each to pay £200 in costs and £20 in surcharges.
We are extremely pleased to annouce that Veritau's Fraud Team have been nominated for an award from the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation for the third year in a row. Veritau have been nominated for two awards: Excellence in Counter Fraud, and Excellence in Innovation. The Fraud Team are excited to attend the IRRV Awards on 10th October.
An investigation has uncovered and led to the prosecution of a £16,200 theft by a son from his elderly parents.
Carried out by Veritau on behalf of the City of York Council and North Yorkshire Police, the investigation found that the son of a York couple in their 90s, had stolen money from them in 2013.
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.
We are delighted to reveal the 2018 Public Finance Innovation Awards shortlist. Hard work, innovation and dedication to pushing boundaries of excellence within the profession and industry characterised this year’s entries, our distinguished judges agreed.