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Accurate and honest declarations

Published on 22 January 2020

Counter-fraud declarations

People are asked to sign declarations for a range of purposes, including confirmation of identity, providing consent to involvement in a process and to acknowledge that they have read and agreed terms and obligations. Another important reason is to declare that the person has provided true and complete information.

Signing a counter-fraud declaration attributing the stated information in an application to a specific person who it could be argued has considered its accuracy assists CFS, the police or others, with the evidence gathering process in a fraud investigation. Furthermore, to prosecute fraud under Scots Common Law it must be proved that the person making a false statement knew it was false and that this falsehood resulted in either a benefit for the accused or a prejudice against the victim (the organisation).

Here are two examples of simple counter-fraud declarations:

Example 1, Including a clause where the applicant has an obligation to report changes in their circumstances

  • I agree that the information I give on this form is complete and correct.
  • I understand if I give wrong or incomplete information (consequence) and I may be prosecuted.
  • I understand I must promptly tell (the organisation) of anything that may affect my (allowance/entitlement/exemption/award/payment etc.)

Example 2, Including a clause requiring confirmation of an exclusionary condition

  • I agree that the information I give on this form is complete and correct.
  • I agree to repay any money I receive to which I am not entitled.
  • I understand if I knowingly give wrong or incomplete information I may be prosecuted.
  • I have not received payment from other UK schemes.