The term 'fraud' commonly includes activities such as theft, corruption, conspiracy, and bribery. Fraud is a criminal act or omission of deception intended for personal gain or to cause a loss to another person or organisation.
We are committed to preventing, detecting and investigating all fraud whether it be perpetrated from outside or inside the council. This includes council tax reduction, blue badge, council housing tenancy, social care, procurement, insurance and any other fraud (for example theft, fraudulent expenses claims, bribery, corruption).
We will take all appropriate action to investigate fraud perpetrated against the council including prosecution where appropriate.
We will pursue recovery of losses and the suitable punishment of those responsible for fraud.
What is fraud?
The term 'fraud' commonly includes activities such as theft, corruption, conspiracy, and bribery.
Fraud is a criminal act or omission of deception intended for personal gain or to cause a loss to another person or organisation. This includes:
- knowingly making a false representation
- failing to disclose information
- abuse of position.
Fraud may be committed against individuals, businesses, or other organisations including councils.
Fraud may be committed by persons internal or external to the council, either acting alone or as part of a group.
What is the cost of fraud?
Fraud is not a victimless crime and can affect us all.
- the monetary cost - In monetary terms, fraud costs the country billions of pounds a year and increases the amount of Income Tax and Council Tax you pay. It also affects the amount of money we have available to spend on providing public services. Fraud means there is less money available to improve and upgrade educational facilities, housing, social care and transport.
- the human cost - There are other not so obvious costs as a consequence of some frauds. For example a consequence of Council Housing Tenancy fraud is that available housing spaces are reduced thereby depriving families and vulnerable people on the waiting list.
What will we do if we find fraud?
If we think someone is committing fraud against the council we will investigate them. If we find evidence to prove that a person is committing fraud they may be prosecuted via the Magistrates or Crown Courts.
Council Officers may also be subject to disciplinary proceedings. Councillors may also be referred to the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales.
In any event we always look to recover any monetary or material losses. In specific circumstances we may also seek to confiscate further monies or assets if they are believed to be the proceeds of crime.
Please note we are unable to provide updates on individual cases due to the Data Protection Act 2018 and the Human Rights Act 1998.