News about our clients
The current crisis has seen us all make changes to our daily lives. Most people are now working from home indefinitely, which brings new challenges.
We've been alerted that fraudsters are targeting Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) payments from developers. A CIL payment is a tax on new developments that councils can spend on infrastructure. It’s discretionary so not all councils use it, but many do.
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.
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.
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.
An investigation into a council tax fraud involving forged tenancy agreements has reached its conclusion in court. The individual provided City of York Council with three private tenancy agreements in order to obtain a reduction in her council tax, which were discovered to be forged. All three properties were in the York area.
A few weeks ago a Universal Credit (UC) scam hit national headlines. Veritau is beginning to see this affect our council clients, with claims involving fictitious landlords, children and other details which just don’t add up. This is a reminder to be vigilant and on the lookout for fraudulent claims.
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.
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