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  • 24 Feb 2024 11:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Waverley and Guildford councils hit the crisis button this week after an internal investigation into an £18.5 million overspend found “a number of serious areas of concern”.

    A housing maintenance contractor used by Guildford Borough Council is already under investigation by the police after irregularities in the authority’s housing revenue account were flagged last July.

    https://www.farnhamherald.com/news/politics/fraud-probe-into-guildford-and-waverley-councils-finds-serious-areas-of-concern-667309


  • 17 Feb 2024 12:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A former Goldman Sachs analyst has been found guilty of six counts of insider trading and three counts of fraud following a London trial brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

    Mohammed Zina, 35, was convicted on Thursday following a 12-week trial at Southwark Crown Court and five days of jury deliberation.

    https://www.cityam.com/goldman-sachs-finds-former-analyst-guilty-of-insider-trading-and-fraud/


  • 17 Feb 2024 12:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A fraud investigation at Guildford's housing department has been escalated to a regional organised crime unit.

    The police inquiry, which was launched in November, centres on an allegation of fraud in housing repairs.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-68245456


  • 15 Feb 2024 12:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The former manager of Letchworth BID has been jailed for 20 months after pocketing £60,000 worth of COVID-19 grants.

    Christopher Andoh-Wilson, of Brompton Close, Luton, was sentenced at St Albans Crown Court today (Thursday, February 8) having pleaded guilty to five offences of fraud by false representation and one of acquiring criminal property.

    https://www.thecomet.net/news/24106821.ex-letchworth-bid-manager-chris-wilson-jailed-fraud/

  • 15 Feb 2024 12:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “By the time an emergency has started, it is usually too late to take all the steps needed," NAO report warns.

    Government must improve how it deals with fraud in emergency situations to protect taxpayers’ money, the UK’s spending watchdog has warned, in a report drawing on lessons from the height of the Covid pandemic.

    https://www.civilserviceworld.com/professions/article/act-now-to-be-ready-to-tackle-fraud-in-emergencies-government-told

  • 07 Feb 2024 3:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A leading fraud prevention company based in Wales is helping to transform the way degrees are verified, saving universities hundreds of hours of staff time per year and cutting fraud.

    Advanced Secure Technologies, whose headquarters are in Cardiff, has partnered with Hedd, UK higher education’s official degree verification service, to automate and streamline the process.

    https://businessnewswales.com/welsh-fraud-prevention-company-transforming-degree-verification/


  • 07 Feb 2024 3:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A former assistant head teacher stole thousands of pounds through his school's free meals programme for children in order to fund his gambling addiction.

    Daniel Reynolds, 36, created fake invoices for food that was donated to West Earlham Junior School in Norwich for disadvantaged pupils during the school holidays so he could claim grant money.

    https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2024-02-01/teacher-stole-thousands-from-schools-free-meals-scheme


  • 27 Jan 2024 3:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Investigations into council tax and benefit fraud in Herefordshire jumped nearly fivefold last year. But whether this is due to more crime or just better reporting is unclear.

    A new report by the Herefordshire Council’s counter fraud manager Jonathan Nelson says 75 new cases of council tax and benefit fraud were referred to his department in 2023, compared to just 16 the year before.

    https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/24073277.council-tax-benefit-fraud-shot-herefordshire/

  • 27 Jan 2024 3:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Over half the fraud detected by the Student Loans Company was at franchised higher education providers, an investigation has found.

    The National Audit Office (NAO), the UK’s public spending watchdog, led an investigation into the fraud and abuses of higher education student loans.

    https://theboar.org/2024/01/half-of-student-loan-company-fraud-aimed-at-higher-education/

  • 24 Jan 2024 10:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The government is setting its sights on unincorporated businesses that fraudulently took out Bounce Back Loans during the pandemic.

    The Department for Business (DBT), the Cabinet Office and HMRC have established a pilot scheme to look for potential fraud committed by sole traders against the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS).

    https://www.icaew.com/insights/viewpoints-on-the-news/2024/jan-2024/bounce-back-loan-data-pilot-examines-sole-trader-fraud

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