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'FRAUDBUSTERS' TARGET PUBLIC PURSE CHEATS

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The government will announce the formation of teams of 'fraudbusters' this week as part of a two-pronged attack on ...
The government will announce the formation of teams of 'fraudbusters' this week as part of a two-pronged attack on cheats in the public sector, reported The Sunday Telegraph (p16).

Hospitals and further education colleges are to be targeted following scandals involving unauthorised trips abroad by lecturers, and millions of pounds going missing from the NHS. Under the scheme, every hospital trust and health authority will have its own officer who will go through every set of accounts, however small, to root out financial malpractice.

The army of 556 counter-fraud officers will be recruited from special investigation agencies including the department of social security, the Inland Revenue, the police and private detective agencies.

Under the new system, the Further Education Funding Council, which monitors college spending, will set benchmark figures for the amount each institution could be expected to spend. 'Hit squads' will be sent in to take over badly-run colleges, while independent clerks will be appointed by every institution as watchdogs against financial malpractice.
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