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Investigating fraud in the public sector

Published on 22 January 2020

Our specialist team carry out investigations into allegations of fraud involving public sector money.

We are a specialist reporting agency and work with our partners to report relevant cases to the The Crown Office and the Procurator Fiscal. We can also recommend appropriate disciplinary and financial recovery actions or give advice on closing loopholes and reducing weaknesses to help reduce the opportunity for fraud.

How we investigate fraud in the public sector

When investigating allegations of fraud we consider:

  • the standard of evidence required for a criminal court
  • the integrity of evidence
  • if a search warrant or forensic assistance is required
  • what information needs to be shared with The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal

Investigatory Powers Act 2016

In compliance with Section 79(3) of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 and Section 8.58 of the Statutory Code of Practice, this is notification that Counter Fraud Services (CFS) have entered into a Collaboration Agreement with the National Anti-Fraud Network (NAFN), for the provision of Single Point of Contact (SPoC) services. Under the terms of the agreement, CFS will be the subscribing authority and NAFN will be the supplying authority. This agreement takes effect from 11 June 2019.