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NCJ Number: 186577 Find in a Library
Title: Private Sector Services for Fraud Control "To Fight Crime and Win...Clients" (From Fraud Prevention and Control, P 1-8, 2000, Australian Institute of Criminology -- See NCJ-186569)
Author(s): Tim Phillipps
Date Published: January 29, 2001
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Document: HTML
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This paper describes how private-sector companies have become involved in fraud control in Australia.
Abstract: In Australia, private-sector fraud services have expanded considerably in the past 5 years due to the void unintentionally created by the resource restrictions of public-sector law enforcement agencies. The outcome of private-sector fraud services may be preparing a brief of evidence to bring to public-sector criminal justice agencies, civil recovery, insurance assessment or internal control reviews, or a negotiated outcome. Given the complex nature of many business frauds, the private-sector's specialized fraud services and global reach can often achieve results not ordinarily available in public-sector agencies. The financial resources of the private-sector organizations can provide a proactive and immediate response to fraud, because the client pays (sometimes a lot) for such a response. Private fraud control companies use electronic technology, computer networks, and sophisticated software programs that target frauds against businesses. Although the private sector's services in countering fraud clearly fill a gap caused by the public sector's limited resources for complex fraud investigations, private-sector organizations must balance their legal obligations, their relationships with the public enforcement agencies, and the expectations of the client. This can be a difficult challenge.
Main Term(s): Foreign crime prevention
Index Term(s): Commercial fraud; Crimes against businesses; Fraud; Fraud and abuse prevention measures; Fraud investigations; Police-private police cooperation; Private investigators; Private police; Private sector-government cooperation; Public/private police comparisons
Note: Paper presented at the Fraud Prevention and Control Conference convened by the Australian Institute of Criminology on August 24-25, 2000.
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