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Procurement fraud

What is procurement fraud?

Procurement fraud is any fraud relating to the purchase of goods and services, and could include:

  • price-fixing, bid-rigging and cover pricing to maximise profit margins or share out contracts;
  • claiming payment for goods or services not provided;
  • delivering goods or services of substandard quality;
  • overpricing or duplicate invoicing;
  • misuse of procurement cards/credit cards;
  • creation of bogus suppliers.

How does this impact on you?

For every penny that is defrauded from the Council (and the taxpayer), this reduces the level of available resources the Council has and therefore the level of services the Council can provide.

What are the costs due to procurement fraud?

From a survey of English Councils by the European Institute for Combating Corruption & Fraud, the amount of detected procurement fraud in 2014/15 was £2.3m.

Report your suspicions

Fraud Hotline - 0800 953 0217

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