Fraud

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Jennifer Willott Jennifer Willott Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

(1) on how many occasions staff employed by her Department and its agencies defrauded her Department in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement;

(2) what estimate she has made of the losses to her Department from fraud committed by staff of her Department and its agencies in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement;

(3) how many staff in her Department and its agencies were prosecuted for (a) attempting to defraud and (b) defrauding her Department in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement;

(4) how many staff of her Department and its agencies were responsible for each instance of fraud or attempted fraud in her Department and its agencies in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Parmjit Dhanda Parmjit Dhanda Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government

Since 2003 departmental records show that there have been two members of staff who have committed fraud totalling £871,818.73. Both were successfully prosecuted and action was taken to recover the monies. These two frauds consisted of 28 separate transactions. In addition there was one separate instance of attempted fraud of a value of £700. This attempted fraud was carried out by one of the perpetrators of the aforementioned frauds, but was prevented by the controls put in place during the fraud investigation.

Departmental records do not go back beyond 2003.

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