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Failures in financial systems led to £1m fraud within Scottish council, report finds

The Accounts Commission said failures in Dundee City Council's financial systems allowed a former employee to steal £1m from the organisation over a seven year period.

A report produced by the commission after the investigation said this could have been limited if the council had addressed "significant weaknesses in its invoicing systems."

The Accounts Commission noted that the council acted quickly after discovering the fraud, and has since taken "significant steps to improve its resilience to prevent future fraud and corruption".

The perpetrator, an IT officer within the council stole the money between 2009 and 2016 to cover debts run up through internet gambling. He used his expert knowledge of the authority's IT systems and his system access privileges to insert fake invoices into the council's financial systems.

Accounts Commission chairman Graham Sharp said: "Lessons must be learnt from this serious and prolonged act of fraud.

"Our role is to provide the assurance people expect that all councils have in place robust checks to ensure public money is properly spent and accounted for.

"This case provides clear lessons for every council in Scotland."



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