Fraud at record levels: KPMG

The number of fraud cases has reached record highs according to a KPMG study
which found there where more fraud court cases in the last six months than at
any other similar period during the study’s 21 year history.

The Financial Times reported on the study which found 163 cases
reached the courts in the first half of the year including buy-to-let scams and
other forms of property swindling to investment fraud and workers stealing from
their employers.

Hitesh Patel, a partner at KPMG, told the Financial Times the
figures where bad but the worst was still to come.

“It will be a number of years before the impact of the recession fully feeds
through into the fraud statistics,” he said.

He cited one fraud involving a £200m attempt to sell the Ritz hotel in
London. Another involved a social worker who created a bogus children’s home and
authorised payments of £600,000 over five years.

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