Internal Audit Anti-Fraud Team Internet Page
The Internal Audit Anti-Fraud Team is a specialist investigation unit within Internal Audit which was established to investigate allegations of fraud and irregularities. The investigations undertaken fall into two categories:
- External fraud, committed by the public, and
- Internal fraud, committed by staff, Councillors and contractors.
Fraud includes a range of irregularities and illegal acts characterised by deception. The types of fraud and irregularity which the team investigates include:
- Council Tax discounts fraud
- Blue badges and other Parking Permit fraud
- Housing Tenancy Fraud
- Procurement fraud
- Payroll and recruitment fraud
- Various other internal fraud, bribery and corruption, money laundering etc
The Internal Audit Anti-Fraud Team’s role is to assist the Council in protecting the public purse through the facilitation of sound strategies, procedures and controls in the prevention, detection, investigation and deterrence of fraud, bribery and corruption. All staff are either qualified Fraud Investigators and/or hold relevant professional qualifications. The Council is committed to zero tolerance of fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering and where appropriate The Internal Audit Anti-Fraud Team will prosecute offenders and seek to recover assets and money for the tax payer.
The Internal Audit Anti-Fraud Team utilise a range of methods and techniques to investigate fraud including the use of data matching exercises both within the Council and between the Council and other organisations. The Internal Audit Anti-Fraud Team’s work also relies on referrals from within the Council and the public. If you wish to report any concerns in confidence, you can do so in the following ways:
- By telephoning the general fraud hotline on 01908 253587
- By telephoning the Whistleblowing hotline on 01908 252525
- By email
- By post addressed to:
Milton Keynes Council
1 Saxon Gate East
Central Milton Keynes
Council staff can also raise concerns with the Head of Audit, the Audit Services Manager, their own line manager, Service Director or HR.
Key documents linked to Fraud Policies, are available too.