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'Third of charity fraud involved volunteers or staff', report claims

BBC News

A third of charity fraud cases in England and Wales are suspected to involve staff, trustees or volunteers, the charity watchdog has claimed. The Charity Commission report said organisations should stay alert to "insider fraud", and make sure that "mutual trust" is not abused. The commission said crimes committed could be opportunistic or due to a lack of charity oversight. The organisation also issued an appeal on insider fraud incidents. The statistics relate to instances of fraud between April 2015 and March 2016.


UK's fraud hotspots revealed by Which

BBC News

Norfolk is a dating scams hotspot, Surrey succumbs to investment fraud and west and mid-Wales suffers cold calling computer cons, according to data from UK cyber-crime centre Action Fraud. And it wants the government to do more to tackle the problem. A recent Office of National Statistics survey suggested there are 5.4 million fraud and computer misuse cases a year. Which said that it could not explain why certain frauds occur more in some areas rather than others, partly because so many fraud cases go unreported so the data is incomplete. There were 264,204 frauds reported to Action Fraud in 2016 but this is likely to be a fraction of those that occur.


State auditor: More than $8 million in public benefit fraud identified last year

Boston Herald

The state Auditor's Bureau of Special Investigations found 490 cases totaling $8.16 million in public assistance fraud in the last year, according to a report released Thursday. With 241 cases, Hampden was the county in which State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump's office identified the most cases of fraud in Fiscal Year 2020. "In Massachusetts, we recognize the value of a strong social safety net to help people put food on the table, access medical care and more. While fraud makes up a small portion of total public assistance spending, it has a disproportionate negative impact on public trust in these programs," Bump said in a statement. "At a time when more people are relying on this assistance because of economic hardships, my office remains committed to ensuring these programs are run with integrity and fraud is quickly identified and stopped."


State auditor: More than $8 million in public benefit fraud identified last year

Boston Herald

The state Auditor's Bureau of Special Investigations found 490 cases totaling $8.16 million in public assistance fraud in the last year, according to a report released Thursday. Hampden County, home of Springfield, had 241 cases of fraud, more than any other county, State Auditor Suzanne Bump said. Statewide, the average amount of fraud per case was $16,938.67. "In Massachusetts, we recognize the value of a strong social safety net to help people put food on the table, access medical care and more. While fraud makes up a small portion of total public assistance spending, it has a disproportionate negative impact on public trust in these programs," Bump said in a statement.


9 Facts That Blow Up the Voter-Fraud Myth

Mother Jones

Among the conservative talking points that refuse to die is the idea that there is widespread voter fraud in America. The most recent warning about the scourge of illegal voting came from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who recently claimed "The fact is voter fraud is rampant." That's simply not true, as many new outlets reported. According to Politifact, there were just 85 prosecutions for voter fraud in Texas from 2002 to 2015, and not all of them led to convictions. That's a paltry number considering that more than 42 million ballots were cast in the state's general elections from 2002 to 2014.