Fraud Statistics

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Dear Aberdeen City

Please provide under the provisions of FOI legislation

1. Does your authority have a Corporate Fraud Team, if so when was the team incorporated?
2. Details of the number of referrals received during the financial year 2016/17, this should include details of number of referrals with a breakdown of the type of suspected fraud e.g. Council Tax Reduction, Council Tax Discount, Blue Badge, Housing Tenancy Fraud and all other types of fraud or error or anything else investigated by the team.
3. Details of the value of fraud or error established during the financial year 2016/17, this should include details of fraud or error with a breakdown of the type of established fraud or error e.g. Council Tax Reduction, Council Tax Discount, Blue Badge, Housing Tenancy Fraud and all other types of fraud or error or anything else investigated by the team.
4. Details of the number of cases reported to the Procurator Fiscal for consideration of criminal proceedings. Again this should include a breakdown of the type of established fraud or error e.g. Council Tax Reduction, Council Tax Discount, Blue Badge, Housing Tenancy Fraud and all other types of fraud or error or anything else investigated by the team.
5. The number of employees dismissed or tendered their registration either as a result of or during the course of an investigation.
6. I understand that Housing Benefit investigation is the responsibility of the DWP but believe that your investigations could also result in the identification of Housing Benefit fraud or error. Please provide a breakdown of any housing benefit fraud or error identified by your corporate fraud team.

Yours faithfully,

David C Rodger

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Rodger,   

 

Information enquiry reference FOI-17-1456.

 

Thank you for your recent request for information, which we received on 11
October 2017.   

 

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 08 November 2017.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries in the
meantime.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Salomeh Kheyri Rad

Information Compliance Officer

 

 

Information Compliance Team
Customer Service
Corporate Governance
Aberdeen City Council
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Business Hub 17
Marischal College
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ABERDEEN AB10 1AQ

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Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Rodger,

 

Thank you for your information request of 11 October 2017.  Aberdeen City
Council (ACC) has completed the necessary search for the information
requested.

 

1. Does your authority have a Corporate Fraud Team, if so when was the
team incorporated?

Yes, since April 2015.

 

2.  Details of the number of referrals received  during the financial year
2016/17, this should include details of number of referrals with a
breakdown of the type of suspected fraud e.g.  Council Tax Reduction,
Council Tax Discount, Blue Badge, Housing Tenancy Fraud and all other
types of fraud or error or anything else  investigated by the team.

We recorded 306 referrals, although many were for offences which we passed
to partner organisations, such as DWP and Police. These referrals were
categorised as follows:

 

Blue Badge: 9

Drugs at property: 4

Change of circumstances: 10

False documentation: 10

False Homelessness: 2

Living Together: 101

Not specified: 11

Review of service: 7

Single Persons Discount: 23

Staff misconduct: 13

Subletting: 38

Non-residence: 30

Undeclared lodgers: 5

Non-dependents in household: 17

Working in receipt: 26

 

3. Details of the value of  fraud or error established during the
financial year 2016/17, this should include details of fraud or error with
a breakdown of the type of established  fraud or error  e.g.  Council Tax
Reduction, Council Tax Discount, Blue Badge, Housing Tenancy Fraud and all
other types of fraud or error or anything else  investigated by the team.

We are unable to provide a detailed breakdown.

 

Corporate Investigation Team Operations            £105,796

National Fraud Initiative (Jan-Apr)                            £32,864

Blue
Badge                                                                        
£54,500

Fraud/error by service users                                       £14,783

Other   
fraud/error                                                        
£233,593

Total                                                                                     
£441,536

 

ACC is unable to provide you with information on Details of the value of 
fraud or error established during the financial year 2016/17, this should
include details of fraud or error with a breakdown of the type of
established  fraud or error  e.g.  Council Tax Reduction, Council Tax
Discount, Blue Badge, Housing Tenancy Fraud and all other types of fraud
or error or anything else  investigated by the team as it is not held by
ACC.  In order to comply with its obligations under the terms of Section
17 of the FOISA, ACC hereby gives notice that this information is not held
by it.

 

4. Details of the number of cases reported to the Procurator Fiscal for
consideration of criminal proceedings.  Again this should include a
breakdown of the type of established  fraud or error  e.g.  Council Tax
Reduction, Council Tax Discount, Blue Badge, Housing Tenancy Fraud and all
other types of fraud or error or anything else  investigated by the team.

None.

 

5. The number of employees dismissed or tendered their registration either
as a result of or during the course of an investigation.

5.

 

6.  I understand that Housing Benefit investigation is the responsibility
of the DWP but believe that your investigations could also result in the
identification of Housing Benefit fraud or error. Please provide a
breakdown of any housing benefit fraud or error identified by your
corporate fraud team.

Information not held. However, following a recommendation from Audit
Scotland, this metric is being tracked for financial year 2017-2018.

 

ACC is unable to provide you with information on a breakdown of any
housing benefit fraud or error identified by your corporate fraud team as
it is not held by ACC.  In order to comply with its obligations under the
terms of Section 17 of the FOISA, ACC hereby gives notice that this
information is not held by it.

 

We hope this helps with your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Grant Webster

Information Compliance Officer

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE HANDLING OF YOUR REQUEST

 

ACC handled your request for information in accordance with the provisions
of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Please refer to the
attached PDF for more information about your rights under FOISA.

 

 

Information Compliance Team

Customer Service

Corporate Governance
Aberdeen City Council
3rd Floor North

Business Hub 17
Marischal College
Broad Street
ABERDEEN AB10 1AQ

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Tel 03000 200 292

 

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