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Serious Fraud Office

Attorney-General written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of Stephen Mosley Stephen Mosley Conservative, City of Chester

To ask the Attorney-General how many cases have been reported to the Serious Fraud Office since 1 June 2010; how many of those received an initial assessment within (a) one and (b) three months; and how many took more than three months for an initial assessment.

Photo of Edward Garnier Edward Garnier The Solicitor-General

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) receives reports about suspected fraud and corruption from many different sources including other law enforcement agencies; Government Departments, directly from companies or their legal advisors; Members of Parliament and from members of the public.

95 reports were received between 1 June 2010 to date. 41 were not within the SFO's remit. The remaining 54 were examined in detail to consider whether a full investigation should be taken forward. Of these:

12 were assessed within one month

18 were assessed between one and three months

24 assessments have taken longer than three months

During the same period the SFO also received 1,797 e-mails and postal inquiries and 1,303 phone calls from members of the public concerning suspected fraud and corruption. 100% of these inquiries received a response within 20 days.

The SFO considers all reports carefully to ensure that they meet its published acceptance criteria. Where they do not, the SFO passes the reports to the most appropriate organisation to consider further or tells the person reporting the matter where they should go for help.

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