Uncovering the iceberg: mandating the measurement of fraud in the United Kingdom

Martin Tunley

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Having regard to the impact of the credit crunch on fraud, the 19% average cuts in public spending and the wide disparities in fraud loss data, this article will argue for the mandating of fraud measurement through the introduction of legislation in the United Kingdom. The proposed statute applies to both the public and private sectors and incorporates minimum standards of measurement accuracy and the publication of findings and subsequent reduction strategies. In support of this contention this paper offers empirical evidence provided by the United States (US) Improper Payments Information Act of 2002. Further options for change are also presented including developing the role of the National Audit Office and the creation of an infrastructure for knowledge management through the sharing of best practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-203
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Law, Crime and Justice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011


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