Fraud team recover over £100,000
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.”