During a presentation on Fraud Control it was mentioned that an internal audit usually uncovered only 9% of fraud, while tip-offs accounted for 42%.

KCDC Management had prior to the presentation been asked to identify their perceived greatest fraud risks. For Community Services, possible fraud risks were invoicing, grants to mates and political pressure altering decisions. Regulatory Services fraud concerns revolved around failure to enforce the law, political interference and being bullied into inappropriate decisions. Infrastructure raised likely scenarios of colluding, ordering goods for people’s own home and pressure not to follow due process of the law.

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On pages 18 and 19 are the headlines of fraud categories.

There can be no doubt that nepotism — which Mr Dougherty indulged in — is a corrupt practice, and was one of the questions asked of council candidates at the Waikanae Memorial Hall public meeting last year.