Tackling fraud

It is estimated that fraudulent activity is costing the UK economy £73bn annually. The effect of organised and opportunistic fraud has been well publicised in many sectors of the economy over the past decade.

Many will be familiar with the unsavoury behaviours of those engaged in ‘cash-for-crash’ scams and ghost broking — but it is becoming abundantly clear that fraudsters are equally busy targeting not-for-profit organisations.

There have been a number of high-profile criminal investigations in recent months involving trustees and charity volunteers, among others. Is your organisation doing enough to identify when it is at risk of attack by fraudsters? And after a fraud has been uncovered, are the right investigations being undertaken to maximise the likelihood of funds being recovered? And what of achieving a successful criminal conviction, either by the police or by a private prosecution…?

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