Guernsey States £2.6m fraud review terms set

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The terms of reference for a review into how con artists defrauded the States of Guernsey of £2.6m have been agreed.

Fraudsters were paid the money after posing as a major contractor involved in the airport refurbishment project.

The Public Accounts Committee was tasked with the review in the wake of the fraud, carried out in July.

The financial controls review will be carried out by external consultants, who are due to be appointed in October.

Scope of the review

  1. Look at the events around the specific fraud
  2. Examine how effective the States' policies and procedures are in reducing fraud
  3. Look at how finances are administered and managed
  4. Investigate how a single control system could be rolled out across the States
  5. Work out how effective the States is at dealing with incidents of fraud
  6. Suggest improvement in the above areas

Committee chairwoman Heidi Soulsby said: "The focus of the review will be very much on preventing future vulnerability and providing independent assurance that processes and procedures across the States of Guernsey are to an acceptable standard."

However, the part of the review examining this incident will not be undertaken until the police investigation has been completed.

Deputy Soulsby said usually the committee held its hearings in public, but due to the sensitive nature of the review they would have to be very careful when deciding what could be published and what evidence may be heard in a public forum.

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