A new report has revealed details of the scale in which local governments have been targeted by fraud.
There is no doubt our findings show councils increasingly out-smarting the fraudsters.
But while they are busy tackling established frauds, new ones keep emerging. Every threat exposed or investigated safeguards money which is needed more than ever.
A spokesman for the Audit Commission added the report, called Protecting the Public Purse 2012 - Fighting Fraud Against Local Government, found the amount of fraud detected by councils was a comparatively small amount.
He said: "There has been an increase in the amount of fraud detected by councils, but the fraud detected is the tip of the iceberg."
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