The fraud problem or the problem with fraud?

Forrest, Kevin G. (2016) The fraud problem or the problem with fraud? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The aim of this dissertation is to conduct a literature review which will assess whether it may be correct to say that despite an outward expression of non-tolerance of fraud and fraudsters, the UK government is undeniably tolerant of both. It will critically analyse the reliance upon Action Fraud reported crime as the measurement tool of choice, it concludes that in order to avoid allocating extra resources, the government allows the measurement of fraud to remain a desultory process.
    It then moves on to discuss the NHS and DWP parallel sanction approach to fraud. It uncovers a dichotomy where it seems that some fraud is not considered a crime. It concludes that the use of parallel sanctions creates confusion over the legal status of fraud and fraudsters. Next it will critically analyse the impact of private sector preference in using disciplinary sanction when dealing with an internal fraudster, and concludes that this allows the protagonist to pursue fraud in another organisation without any reference being made to their previous activity.
    One key finding is that fraud can be said to be a complex social issue which is widely perceived to be acceptable in society. Furthermore, it concludes that the attitudes and behaviour of those in power, and large corporations are contributing to the fraud problem. The paper concludes that whilst there is a fraud problem, the problem with fraud is that unless there is a universal cultural change of those in power towards fraud then the perception of acceptability will prevail, and counter fraud strategies will remain as parochial necessities with a desultory effect on the problem.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2017 16:20
    Last Modified: 20 Jan 2017 16:20
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22763

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