Freedom of Information - Corporate Fraud

What Corporate Fraud statistics is published on this page?

Please see the table below for this year's statistics. These figures are also shown in the Excel document attached to this page should you need to download them.

Corporate Fraud FAQs for the financial year 2016 to 2017
Number of referrals received 488
Number of referrals accepted for investigation 373
Level 1 sanctions achieved 62
Level 2 sanctions achieved 89

This information will be published annually and will next be updated in April 2018.

Glossary of terms

Sanctions

Sanctions is the term used to describe penalties given to people who have committed fraud. They are recorded in two ways:

Level 1 sanctions: 

  • prosecution - the council will normally only prosecute a person (ie take them to court) if all relevant criteria has been met
  • dismissal / resignation (employee deemed to have committed gross misconduct and relieved of their duties
  • property recovered (Registered Social Landlord property returned to the market after fraudulent tenancy terminated)
  • financial penalty (an alternative to prosecution). If the person fails to respond to this offer, or they do not accept it, the council will consider starting criminal proceedings

Level 2 sanctions: 

  • caution (an alternative to prosecution). If this is not accepted or the person fails to respond to invitations to be offered such a sanction, then the council will consider instituting criminal proceedings
  • warning letter (not enough evidence to prove fraud but continued suspicions or preventative measure)
  • disciplinary action (employee no longer deemed suitable to hold their post therefore demoted or given a warning)

Formal cautions

This is an alternative to prosecution. If this is not accepted or the person fails to respond to invitations to be offered such a sanction, then the council will consider instituting criminal proceedings

Financial penalty

This is also an alternative to prosecution. If the person fails to respond to this offer, or they do not accept it, the council will consider starting criminal proceedings

Prosecution

The council will normally only prosecute a person (ie take them to court) if all relevant criteria have been met

Disciplinary action

If it is a council employee who has committed the offence, they may face disciplinary action

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