Fraud team re­cover over £100,000

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

MORE than £100,000 has been re­cov­ered from fraud­sters by Lin­colnshire County Coun­cil.

The coun­cil, which cov­ers Stam­ford, the Deep­ings and Spald­ing, is one of the few in the UK to have its own ded­i­cated Counter Fraud and In­ves­ti­ga­tions Team.

It proved its worth last year when it re­cov­ered £111,994, with mis­use of grant fund­ing and VAT fraud among the crimes de­tected by the team. On top of this, the coun­cil re­vealed the num­ber of fraud cases that had been re­ferred to the coun­cil last year num­bered just 19, com­pared to 24 in the pre­vi­ous year and 29 in 2007/08.

To im­prove its anti-fraud work, the coun­cil has set up the Lin­colnshire Fraud Fo­rum, which will see it work closer and share in­for­ma­tion with all the city, bor­ough and district coun­cils in the county.

Lucy Pledge, head of cor­po­rate au­dit and risk man­age­ment, said: “We have a zero tol­er­ance for fraud. It im­pacts on ev­ery one of us as tax­pay­ers and we are there­fore de­ter­mined to pre­vent such cor­rup­tion, de­tect it when it does oc­cur and re­cover lost money.

“In each case, the ex­cel­lent work of our team is see­ing in­creased suc­cess.”

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