News about our clients

Micro grants scheme: using data analytics to find fraud and error

Our data analyst Ben completed some work a couple of weeks ago for one of Veritau’s council clients.

The project involved finding fraud and error in the micro grants scheme, which makes grants of up to £1,000 available to businesses who are not eligible for other Covid-19 business support. Micro grants allow these businesses to adapt to current circumstances, eg installing remote working equipment.

Prosecution for Blue Badge misuse

A woman in York has pleaded guilty to misusing a relative’s disabled badge to illegally park in York city centre.

The case was referred to Veritau in June 2019 by a member of City of York Council’s parking team who spotted a van parked on double yellow lines at Castlegate, displaying a blue badge. Veritau investigated the case and found that the driver had used the Blue Badge to park illegally.

Selby District Council’s first prosecution of council home subletter

An investigation carried out on behalf of Selby District Council has led to the council’s first prosecution for illegal subletting under social housing legislation.

A man living in York previously held a council tenancy in Tadcaster between 2011 and 2017. An anonymous referral was received by the council that he had been unlawfully subletting his council property after moving to York in 2015. 

Landmark social care case

A huge achievement for our counter fraud team.

The first social care fraud prosecuted by Veritau and City of York Council has reached its conclusion in court. 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.

Business rates scam

A business rates scam has been doing the rounds again, targeting empty business premises. The scam sees someone register themselves as liable for business rates with the local authority, and pay the bill with a stolen credit card. The fraudster applies with a fake name and company, but they will sometimes register with Companies House to make it seem more legitimate.

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