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Fighting Fraud

Fighting Fraud

For the first time government, industry, voluntary groups and law enforcement agencies have joined forces to tackle fraud. Thirty-seven organisations have come together to launch ‘Fighting Fraud Together’, a new strategy that aims to reduce fraud, estimated to cost the UK £38 billion every year.

Speaking at the Fighting Fraud Together launch event, minister for crime and security James Brokenshire said: “Fraud causes serious harm to the public, to businesses and the wider economy. For too long fraud has almost been seen as a victimless crime. It isn’t and too often the victims are some of the most vulnerable members of our community. That’s why this new strategy is important to better target, prosecute and prevent it.”

The strategy includes activities aimed at preventing fraud being perpetrated in the first place, increasing awareness of the risks of fraud and the level of fraud reporting and ensuring there is a more effective enforcement response to reported fraud. The policy document ‘Fighting Fraud Together’ sets out a new approach with the ambition that by 2015 this country will be demonstrably more resilient to and less damaged by fraud. Individuals, businesses, public and voluntary bodies are tasked with detecting and preventing fraud. Law enforcement and other partners should increase the risk of disruption, with punishment to organised and opportunistic fraudsters deterring potential criminal offenders.

There is a fifty point action plan and detailed yardsticks to measure results and progress. Improved intelligence capabilities at the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau should help with the speedy closure of the channels through which fraudsters operate and launder their ill-gotten gains. A new Economic Crime Command at the National Crime Agency is being developed to provide a more effective, better co-ordinated and intelligence-led response across all the UK’s economic crime fighting agencies.

The organisations that have come together are the Attorney General’s Office, BIS, Cabinet Office, DCLG, DWP, Home Office, HMRC, MoJ, HM Treasury, ACPO, the Association of British Insurers, The British Bankers Association, the British Chambers of Commerce, the British Retail Consortium, the Building Societies Association, the Charity Commission, the Charity Finance Director’s Group, the Citizens Advice Bureau, the City of London Police, the Council of Mortgage lenders, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Federation of Small Businesses, Financial Fraud Action UK, the Financial Services Authority, the Fraud Advisory Panel, the Insurance Fraud Bureau, the Land Registry, the Law Society, the Metropolitan Police, National Council of Voluntary Organisations, the National Fraud Authority, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Serious Fraud Office, SOCA, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Telecommunications UK Fraud Forum, the UK Cards Association and Victim Support.

The full text of ‘Fighting Fraud Together’ can be found at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/agencies-public-bodies/nfa/fighting-fraud-tog/fighting-fraud-together?view=Binary

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Mike Gribbin is a retired Civil Servant with wide experience, including the drafting and implementation of Parliamentary legislation and regulations. He is the editor of “Criminal Offences Handbook”, a uniquely comprehensive guide to more than one thousand ways to fall foul of UK criminal law. He is Editor of the Upper Case Legal Journal and has been writing blog posts for the past eight years.

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