What is procurement and contract fraud?
Procurement is the name given to the process by which the Council buys goods and services from an external source. It could include the purchase of office stationary or the appointment of a contractor to undertake work or perform a service. Procurement and contract fraud can happen when the tender process has not been followed correctly and can involve:
price fixing between contractors or suppliers
collusion involving contractors or suppliers submitting false bids to secure business
bribery and corruption between contractors and Council officials.
After a contract has been awarded, fraud can also happen when:
contractors or suppliers submit false or duplicate invoices
work is not completed under the terms of the contract
goods or services are not delivered or are inferior to those specified in the contract.
What are the penalties?
Depending on the nature of the fraud, you could be fined and/or sent to prison for up to ten years. Employees involved in such fraud, bribery or corruption would also be subject to the Council's Disciplinary Policy.