Falkirk Council fraud investigation

Falkirk Council is investigating concerns of corporate fraud relating to contracts for building work carried out for its housing department.

By Kirsty Paterson , Local Democracy Reporting Service
Wednesday, 28th October 2020, 10:34 am

It is understood that the council’s internal auditors have already filed two reports and a third will be presented soon. Details of the investigation, revealed by a whistleblower to The Herald newspaper, will not be made public. But Falkirk Council says that any allegation of fraud is taken seriously and if any criminality is uncovered it will be reported to the police.

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A council spokesperson said: “The council has a whistle-blowing policy in place along with other measures to allow concerns to be raised with the council’s corporate fraud team directly or anonymously. Any allegation of fraud is taken seriously and investigated by our own corporate fraud team.

“Such investigations can lead to a range of outcomes including making recommendations where improvements can be made to processes or controls or in more serious cases, triggering of the council’s disciplinary policy or referral to Police Scotland.”