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.
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.
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and Middlesbrough Council are set to join the Veritau group.
Veritau was established in 2009, initially as a partnership between City of York Council and North Yorkshire County Council, and expanded in 2012 when a number of district councils joined the group. Veritau now provides internal audit, counter fraud and information governance services to over 500 public sector clients in the region.
We have recently started working for a new client outside of Yorkshire. Santa Claus has operated a successful organisation for a number of years, but we could provide no assurance that there was a suitable control environment in place to successfully achieve the organisation’s objectives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ellie has been a trainee fraud investigator with Veritau for almost six months. After graduating with a degree in psychology, she was looking for a career that would challenge her. Training as an investigator keeps things interesting as every day is different, and she manages her own case load with a wide range of fraud types.