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Cash-strapped councils are losing millions of pounds to housing benefit fraud and the government is not doing enough to stop it, a Tory MP claims.
There were "serious systemic failings" in the management of a project started in 2007 to increase business growth in North Staffordshire. The investigation by the government came after an allegation made to Staffordshire Police in 2010 over the tendering processes at the council.
Nominations are now open for these awards recognise the efforts of those individuals and bodies within the public sector who have done most to combat and prevent fraud.
A report to Angus Council’s scrutiny and audit committee has revealed a 43% hike in the amount claimed in cases of proven fraud, non-fraudulent error and overpayments from the period 2011/12 to 2012/13.
A council official set up his own fictitious company and invoiced the authority which cheques into it.
The convictions followed a long-running investigation by North Yorkshire Police and HM Revenue and Customs officers. Police said all the men belonged to an organised crime group based in the Stoke-on-Trent area and Portugal.
More than £6.5m of tax payers' money was paid out on fraudulent student loan applications last year.
Mendip District Council's fraud investigation officer, said: "This is a great success story for us. We have successfully prosecuted this person and now over £2,000 will be repaid to the public purse.
The spending watchdog has referred details of the sale of 16 parcels of publicly owned land to the Serious Fraud Office.
The Serious Fraud Office is considering an inquiry into allegations that some drug companies are secretly colluding with pharmacists to overcharge the NHS millions of pounds, following an undercover investigation by The Telegraph.
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