Fraud Investigation

Commercial Services Fraud Investigation Business Service

Here at South Staffordshire Council we have a dedicated Fraud Investigation Business Service (FIBS). Our Investigation Service has:-

  • Over forty five years of Housing Benefit/Council Tax and Welfare Benefit knowledge;
  • Current experience of investigating tenancy/Right To Buy fraud;
  • Twenty five years of investigative experience;
  • A proven capability to conclude investigations with a sanction;
  • The expertise and skills necessary to collect and collate evidence to the standard necessary for prosecution.

Our Investigators conduct all investigations in full compliance of the requirements of:-

  • The Fraud Act 2006
  • The Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013
  • The Council Tax reduction Scheme regulation 2013 s4 and s5
  • The Housing Act 1996 s171
  • Criminal Investigation Procedures Act 1996
  • Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
  • Data Protection Act 1984
  • The Human Rights Act 1998

Our Investigators are trained and qualified Accredited Counter Fraud Specialists, a qualification ratified by the Institute of Criminal Studies Portsmouth University (Professional in Security-PINS) and have achieved further professional development having qualified as:-

  • Authorised Officers;
  • PINS Management; and
  • Certified Counter Fraud Officer.

The team continuously seeks to develop and enhance their skills in order to provide a cost effective, efficient and comprehensive investigative service.

FIBS specialise in the following types of fraud investigations:-

  • Council Tax Reduction Scheme Fraud;
  • Council Tax Liability Fraud;
  • National Non Domestic Rate Fraud;

Tenancy Fraud including Right To Buy (RTB) and Right To Acquire (RTA)

We offer a range of services

Please contact Deborah Harris, Audit Manager for an informal discussion on the services we offer :-

01902 696611 /


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