http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/sites/d ... INAL_0.pdfTackling Fraud and Error in Government
A Report of the Fraud, Error and Debt Taskforce
Publication date: 6 February 2012
Two exercises have been carried out to help demonstrate the potential benefits of an integrated Intelligence Sharing Architecture:
Data matching between DWP and Insurance Fraud Bureau - DWP shared 19,000 records on potentially fraudulent National Insurance Numbers (NINOs) with the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB). 17,943 (92 per cent) of these records matched data held by IFB, with links made to more than 60,000 policies and 70,000 claims (of which over 50 per cent claims concerned fraudulent personal injury claims). The exercise demonstrated two things. Firstly, that fraudsters operate across organisational and sector boundaries and secondly, that routine sharing of information between DWP and IFB could potentially detect fraudsters previously unknown to either organisation.
Data matching between National Fraud Initiative and Operation Amberhill data - Operation Amberhill is a Metropolitan Police initiative that collates details of known false and fraudulently obtained documents that are frequently used by criminals to support false identities. Public and private sector organisations can match this false document data against their own data to detect potential fraud and other criminal activity.
The National Fraud Initiative is a data matching exercise run every two years to prevent and detect fraud. It matches data from local government, the NHS and the private sector. In the last exercise, 20,000 strands of Amberhill data were compared to the NFI participants' data. This resulted in 1,967 matches across 203 different organisations including:
429 matches to housing benefit claimants
46 matches to disabled badge holders
157 matches to concessionary travel passes
238 matches to social housing tenants
38 matches to occupational pensioners
37 matches to taxi driver licences
53 matches to local authority payroll systems
107 matches to residential parking permits
121 matches to asylum seekers
609 matches to UK visa applicants
This exercise helped demonstrate that the timely sharing of intelligence across organisational boundaries is the only way to understand the true extent of criminal activity affecting the UK.