An investigation is under way at Midlothian Council into allegations of fraud in the awarding of road servicing contracts.
The council is examining claims that one of its senior officials set up one or more companies to award himself up to £2 million-worth of council work between 2014 and 2017. The investigation was prompted by other council staff raising concerns with senior councillors.
More than 50 people have already been interviewed about the claims. Police have been informed about the allegations but are understood to be waiting for the council to complete its investigation before taking any action.
Aziz Rahman, founder of Rahman Ravelli, said that any sizeable organisation needs to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to preventing fraud.
He added: “Any public or private sector organisation has to assess its vulnerability to fraud and then make the necessary changes to working practices to eliminate the risk of staff or third parties making fraudulent gains.
“Often, the changes involved are not large or complex – but they are effective. And if organisations are unsure how to assess their risk of fraud, they should seek assistance from experts who can gauge the potential for fraud and determine the best way to prevent it.
“Such a forward-thinking approach will, in the long run, prove to be more cost effective than doing nothing until fraud has been committed.’’
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