Last Friday I went to a Master Class arranged by the Wales Fraud Forum. An excellent session on ‘Working in Partnership to Combat Fraud and other Serious Crime’ was delivered by Eric Kendall, the Wales region coordinator for the Government Agency Intelligence Network (GAIN).
Eric explained how inter-agency cooperation can be used to prosecute financial crime as a means to combat organised criminals, both those involved directly in financial crime as their main criminality, but importantly also those involved in wider criminality such as drug supply or human trafficking.
Sometimes people forget that drug dealers are actually dishonest! So they will lie on their mortgage application forms, make false insurance claims, fail to declare their income, etc. etc. Thinking outside the box and looking at organised crime from all angles can have outstanding results – the most famous example being Al Capone and his 11 year imprisonment for tax evasion.
There is a network of Fraud Forums across the country with the primary aim to help prevent fraud by raising awareness in the public and private sector, and amongst individuals. I would definitely recommend following them as a useful source of information on latest trends and for the CPD events such as master classes/annual conferences.
For those of you who work/live in the Wales area have a look at the Welsh forum. See you at the next Master Class?