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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Fraud service bolstered

A clampdown on fraud which has seen Richmond and Kingston Councils claw back more than £1million of taxpayers’ money will see the service awarded an additional fraud investigator.

Richmond and Kingston Council’s joint investigation team will have £50,000 invested into the service to employ the additional fraud officer, Richmond Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Cllr Geoffrey Samuel announced today.

Thanks to the service’s efforts in clamping down on fraudsters and saving more than £1m in taxpayers’ money, a further £50,000 has been allocated by the service, some of which was collected via the Proceeds of Crime Act through the courts, to further improve the service.

The additional investigator is another blow to fraudsters across Richmond and Kingston – in July last year the joint fraud service received an additional £200,000 to work with housing providers to crackdown on housing fraud for the next two years.

The service now employs ten investigators.

The joint service, launched in June 2012, has retrieved more money than ever with an estimated £381k retrieved from benefit cheats in Richmond since March last year until now.

The fraud team has also been working to clamp down on social housing fraud and has saved £396,000 by recovering 22 properties.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:14 pm  

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