MINIMISING THE RISK OF FRAUD TO THE PUBLIC SECTOR
“Reducing fraud and error is one way in which local authorities can make real savings and protect front-line services”
Fraud Advisory Panel
Fraud is not a victimless crime. It increases costs to the consumer, undermines confidence in businesses and deprives charities, voluntary organisations and the public sector of valuable funds. Fraud against the public sector is estimated to cost over £40 billion a year, whilst the cost to local government exceeds £7 billion. As resources come under increasing pressure, tackling the threat of fraud then becomes a priority.
Why is combating fraud important?
Fraud can have a substantial impact on organisations, individuals and communities. As well as the financial cost, there is the potential reputational damage, loss of trust, disruption to services and harm to society. For example, housing tenancy fraud can deprive families of the opportunity to have their own home, whilst social care fraud reduces the funds available to support vulnerable adults and children.
Prevention is always preferable but no-one is completely immune from the risk of fraud. Individuals, businesses, charities and the public sector are all susceptible. Where fraud occurs, organisations need to be able to respond quickly and effectively.
What can we offer?
Veritau’s approach is designed to help you to reduce the risks of fraud particularly at a time when the resources available to the public sector are increasingly scarce. We can help you to put in place measures to prevent fraud occurring or, where it does occur, to ensure it is detected at an early stage. We can also support you with the investigation of fraud and the recovery of losses if you unfortunately become a victim.
We can support you in a range of areas, including:
Fraud prevention measures
National Fraud Initiative (NFI)
Risk mitigation strategies
Prosecution and recovery
Training and advice
Data matching and interrogation
Why choose Veritau?
We recognise that all organisations are different so the service we provide can be tailored to meet your specific needs. We will listen carefully to your requirements and concerns, review your existing counter fraud arrangements and design our service accordingly.
We provide advice and support to a variety of public sector organisations on the measures available to prevent fraud occurring. We will respond promptly to any reports of suspected fraud. Each case is allocated to a named investigator who will keep you updated of progress.
Our team are experienced in investigating all types of public sector fraud including housing tenancy, benefit, social care, procurement, blue badge and employee related fraud. We work closely with other agencies including the police, trading standards and the Department for Work and Pensions. Our trained investigators are able to undertake surveillance, conduct interviews under caution and prepare cases for court.
Veritau has a proven track record when it comes to conducting investigations to the required standards and in accordance with legislation. All our investigators are accredited counter fraud specialists. Veritau is also recognised as an Investor in People.
We provide impartial and objective advice which is recognised and valued by our clients.
Access to wider Veritau expertise
You can benefit from the wider services that Veritau provides in house and through its various partnerships, including risk management, information governance and audit assurance services.
Veritau's counter fraud team has been shortlisted for the 'Excellence in Counter Fraud' Award from the IRRV in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Meet our team of specialists
Counter Fraud Manager
Jonathan is a Certified Counter Fraud Specialist with a wealth of experience delivering counter fraud services to public sector organisations across the region. Jonathan has worked on a number of high profile cases for client organisations. He was also instrumental in establishing the North Yorkshire housing fraud partnership and is an active member of various public sector counter fraud networks.
Senior Fraud Investigator
Jane is a Professional Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist with over 16 years of experience in the sector. She leads on internal fraud investigations as well as coordinating benefit fraud cases across a range of clients.
Senior Fraud Investigator
ACFS | CIPFA CIP | APCIP | CIDA | BA (Hons) | MA
Daniel holds both Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist status and a Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy qualification in investigative practice. He is experienced in leading on large and complex investigations with specialist knowledge on fraud affecting social housing providers and local authority revenues departments. Daniel regularly provides fraud awareness training to public sector clients to help staff identify potentially fraudulent activity affecting their service. He is also part of Veritau’s data analytics group and has experience of preparing and conducting data matching projects.
Senior Fraud Investigator
ACFS | BA (Hons)
Sarah is an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist. She has experience investigating a large range of fraud types, across the public sector. In particular, Sarah’s expertise is in tenancy frauds affecting local authorities and housing associations, and blue badge misuse.