The Fighting Fraud and Corruption Locally board has produced a strategy for local authorities which we're proud to have helped out with. One of Veritau's case studies is featured on page 16, which was the first social care fraud prosecution achieved for a council client. Follow this link to view the strategy:
When you think of fraud, a school environment does not usually come to mind. But no-one is immune from the risks. Unfortunately school fraud can and does occur.
This could be from internal or external parties. In this post we discuss a few key areas of school fraud, and the importance of holding fraud awareness sessions with staff.
Types of fraud risk
A former civil servant at the Ministry of Justice has been jailed for committing fraud against his employers. The former contracts manager pleaded guilty to fraud and transferring criminal property. He created a fake IT service contract that received regular payments from his department.
A recent Blue Badge fraud case investigated by Veritau has resulted in a successful prosecution.
In August 2019, a visitor from Middlesbrough was found to be misusing his relative’s badge in York city centre. The case was investigated by Veritau’s fraud team and prosecuted by City of York Council.
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.