What Is Fraud?

Fraud is usually used to describe depriving someone or something by deceit which might be straight theft, misuse of funds or other resources. There are two important aspects - the intensional action and the resulting advantage. For an offense to have occured, the person must have acted dishonestly with the intent of making a gain for themselves or anyone else, or inflicting a loss on another.

There is no one reason why a minority of dishonest individuals try to defraud our health and social care services of vital funds and resources. It costs our health service millions of pounds every year - money which could be used to improve infrastructure and deliver front line services.

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