As per KPMG´s latest Fraud Barometer report, the value of supply chain fraud went up from less than £1 million in the first half of 2012 to around £61 million in the equivalent period of 2013. Hitesh Patel, UK Forensic Partner at KPMG says:
In another incident that made headlines, a former Lloyds bank worker in charge of online security has been jailed for five years over a £2.4m fraud. She submitted false invoices to claim payments between 2007 and 2011.
The Annual Fraud Indicator 2012, published by the National Fraud Authority (NFA), found procurement fraud made up the largest proportion of the overall total lost. It cost UK central government £1.4 billion and local government £890 million. The report cited false and ‘double-invoicing’, price fixing, altering payment details and giving kickbacks to determine contract awards as examples of procurement fraud.
As seen in the incidents, the very people who were in charge of ensuring fraud free activities were the perpetrators of some of the biggest frauds. A fraud can not only have serious implication on an organization’s reputation and finances but it can also endanger human life, as seen in the fake bomb detectors case.
Even though various organization and supplier transactions are being automated using eProcurement technology, human intervention is a must. This is where the chances of fraud amplify. What’s needed is stringent anti-procurement fraud system that can detect and help organizations prevent such frauds. Include clauses in contracts be it for suppliers or the employees, that will take serious actions if caught in a sham.
I would like to end this blog with an open question, “What is your organization doing to prevent procurement frauds?”
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