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LAMBETH WINS PRAISE FOR FIGHT AGAINST FRAUD

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Lambeth LBC won rare praise in the high court today for its actions in attempting to recover millions of pounds in ...
Lambeth LBC won rare praise in the high court today for its actions in attempting to recover millions of pounds in alleged overpayments to a subcontractor, reports the Evening Standard (p20).

The council obtained court orders and injunctions to raid offices and freeze assets of maintenance company Botes Building Ltd which the council claims overcharged it by some £4m. The move is designed to give councils more powers in the battle against fraud.

District auditor Paul Claydon, who has condemned Lambeth's failure to deliver services, is backing the council's action. He said it was 'a sound, appropriate and imaginative approach to the recovery of large sums of money which may have been overpaid'.
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