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Cifas responds to Treasury Committee Report

2 February 2022

Responding to the Treasury Committee's Economic Crime Report, Cifas CEO, Mike Haley, said:

'Cifas welcomes many of the findings of the Treasury Committee’s Economic Crime Report. We support the call for Government to move to a strategy for combatting fraud which is outcome and not process based, with a clear focus on substantially reducing fraud. We must move from multiple strategies and plans that are often in conflict, to a single focussed strategy which coordinates agency and partner activity.

'Cifas also supports the findings which highlight the gap between the size of the fraud problem and the resource currently allocated to tackle it, and the call for fraud to be made a priority for law enforcement. This is a key and timely call to action for Government, on the back of crime figures that show fraud has reached record levels and now accounts for almost half of all crime.'

 

Notes to editors

About Mike Haley

Mike has more than 30 years' experience of tackling and preventing fraud across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including considerable experience directing investigations, as well as developing prevention and detection strategies. He has led investigative teams in the NHS, Ministry of Defence, Office of Fair Trading, HM Revenue & Customs and Solicitors Regulation Authority. He also worked at the National Fraud Authority directing cross sector fraud prevention strategies including on mortgage fraud and identity crime. He joined Cifas as Deputy Chief Executive in May 2015, and became Chief Executive in May 2018.

About Cifas

Cifas is the UK’s fraud prevention service. We lead the fight against fraud by sharing data, intelligence and learning. The organisations that collaborate with us are drawn from all sectors, operating in both the public and private sectors working together to stop fraud. A full list of our members can be found on our website.

Cifas data is included in the Office of National Statistics England and Wales Crime Statistics of police recorded crime and works alongside law enforcement agencies in tackling fraud.

Organisations that work with Cifas, contribute to and benefit from the UK’s largest databases of fraud risk data and intelligence. We are committed to the principle of collaboration, which connects and drives our community, and enables the sharing of:

Data

We enable the secure sharing of high quality, trusted data to fight fraud. Our databases are the most comprehensive and diverse sources of fraud risk data in the UK.

Intelligence

We provide research and dynamic intelligence that influences the threat picture and strengthens the response against fraud.

Learning

We are a leading provider of accredited education and trusted training.

Further information

For more information from Cifas, please contact

Matt Pearson, Press & PR Manager
matthew.pearson@cifas.org.uk
+44 (0)20 4551 7956

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