Magazine article Public Finance

Public Sector 'In Denial' over Internal Fraud Risk

Magazine article Public Finance

Public Sector 'In Denial' over Internal Fraud Risk

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Cases of public sector fraud and data manipulation are set to increase over the coming months as government spending cuts put more pressure on managers to meet performance targets, experts have warned.

Ian Elliott, who leads the government and public sector forensic services practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, told Pubi ic Finance that data manipulation was on the rise as public sector organisations faced tighter budgets. This was particularly noticeable in NHS mists striving to meet waiting list targets.

Elliott said his practice was experiencing a 50% increase in investigations compared with this time last year, with many cases larger in size too.

He expected the rise in inquiries to continue over the next 12 months, and for fraud to become more prevalent among middle and senior managers who were 'best placed to influence in the wrong way'. …

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