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2019 Shortlisted Nominees

Below are the nominations selected to go before the judges for the 2019 Government Counter Fraud Awards.

Congratulations to each of the teams and individuals shortlisted – the overall standard of entries was very high indeed.

Outstanding Collaboration

  • Operation Holmes: Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Rotherham Counter Fraud and Compliance Directorate, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Housing Benefits and South Yorkshire Police Rotherham Central Team
  • The Discovery Project: a cross-government collaborative investigation team that includes 22 statutory and non-Government charities, dedicated to a victim focused, exposure of modern slavery
  • Operation Enigmatic: an investigation conducted by the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) comprising Officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), Fraud Investigation Service, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and the National Crime Agency (NCA)
  • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), working with a broad spectrum of team colleagues, the Police and other Government agencies

Outstanding International Collaboration

  • International Charity Fraud Awareness Week: a campaign run by the Charity Commission for England and Wales and the Fraud Advisory Panel with partners in Australia, New Zealand and the US
  • Operation Fumo Branco: a collaboration between the HMRC Fraud Investigation Service (FIS), HMRC’s Fiscal Crime Liaison Office in Lisbon, the Portuguese National Republican Guard (GNR) and the Judiciary of Portugal
  • Operation Fanbelt: a collaboration between the HMRC Fraud Investigation Service (FIS) and the Dutch Fiscal Information & Investigation Service (FIOD)

Innovative Approach to Sanctions and Redress

  • HMRC Fraud Investigation Service (FIS) Cyber & Digital Forensics team
  • Neil Arnold, HMRC
  • Operation Octopod: HMRC Fraud Investigation Service (FIS), Criminal Taxes Unit (CTU), part of the Proceeds of Crime Team, assisting London RART and the MPS Proactive Money Laundering Taskforce

Excellence in Fraud Prevention

  • HMRC Fraud Investigation Service (FIS) Cyber & Digital Forensics team working with counterparts internationally to protect HMRC customers from cyber threats
  • HMRC ‘Tackling Alcohol Fraud at Source’ campaign
  • HMRC Fraud Investigation Service (FIS) Organised Crime (OC), Civil team – maximising HMRC’s impact in the prevention and disruption of newly emerging tax fraud within the waste industry

Excellence in Raising Fraud Awareness

  • National Trading Standards Scams Team, Scam Marshals project
  • Lincolnshire County Council’s Counter Fraud and Investigation Team’s (CFIT) fraud awareness for schools campaign
  • Merseyside Police (Southport & Formby) and Home Instead Senior Care scam awareness campaign

Outstanding Proactive Detection

  • Barry Moncur, Corporate Fraud Officer from East Dunbartonshire Council Corporate Fraud Team
  • HMRC Fraud Investigation Service (FIS) initiative to combat VAT Flat Rate Scheme fraud

Government Counter Fraud Team of the Year

  • Counter Fraud Service Team at Devon Audit Partnership
  • NHS Scotland Counter Fraud Services – Fraud Prevention Team

Outstanding Contribution to the Government Counter Fraud Profession (GCFP)

  • Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) Counter Fraud and Investigation
  • HMRC Fraud Investigation Service (FIS) GCFP team


Recognising excellence in counter fraud