five of NHSCFA’s entries to the Tackling Economic Crime Awards have reached the finals, as well as an entry from the Public Sector Counter Fraud Journal editorial board, which NHSCFA’s Nationals Operations Manager Mick Hayes is a member of.

Recognising outstanding contributions in tackling all areas of economic crime, the Tackling Economic Crime Awards (TECAs) showcase the very best organisations, teams, individuals and initiatives in the sector.

Professor Martin Gill, founder of the TECAs, has just announced the finalists on their website: https://thetecas.com/2020/10/15/the-finalists-of-the-2020-tackling-economic-crime-awards-tecas-have-been-announced/

Winners will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony to be streamed live on Wednesday 9 December 2020.

NHSCFA’s CEO Sue Frith is delighted: “This is a proud moment for NHSCFA, supplying so many of the finalists. We also had the honour of providing an awards judge, Professor Carl Stychin, one of our former Non-Executive Directors and the Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) at the University of London. My thanks to all involved, and fingers crossed!”

Professor Stychin oversaw the establishment of the new Centre for Financial Law, Regulation and Compliance and was one among a very eminent panel of expert judges.

Professor Gill describes the very strong field this year as an “overwhelming response” and a hard job for the judges. “All those that have been selected as finalists should feel very honoured.”

NHSCFA TECAs finalists are highighted below.

Outstanding Team
National Trading Standards – Scam Marshals Team West Yorkshire Financial Exploitation and Abuse Team
NHS Counter Fraud Authority – Strategic Intelligence Team
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council Fraud & Financial Investigations Team
Zurich Insurance Intelligence Team
Hertfordshire Police Serious Fraud and Cyber Unit Team
Kent Police Financial Investigation Unit Team
HMRC – Operation Hairball Team
Veritau Team
HMRC – AMLS Money Service Business Strategy Team

Outstanding Training Initiative

NHS Counter Fraud Authority – Organisational Development, Advanced Suspect Interview Course
NHS Counter Fraud Authority – Organisational Development, Advanced Disclosure Course

HMRC – Counter Fraud Training Academy Initiative
Merseyside Police – Jackie Long (Scams Training Initiative)
Lloyds Banking Group – Fraud & Financial Crime Training Initiative
Forensic Procurement Partnership & Accredex – Procurement Fraud Awareness e-Learning
Global Cyber Alliance – Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance (DMARC) Bootcamp Initiative
Counter Fraud Centre of Expertise – Fraud Risk Assessment Training Cifas Learning Initiative

Outstanding New Product

Synalogik Innovative Solutions – Scout
NHS Counter Fraud Authority Fraud Prevention Unit – NHS Fraud Reference Guide (FRG)
HMRC – MSB Public Private Threat Update
Zurich Insurance – Carpe Data Counter Fraud Solution for Zurich Insurance
LexisNexis® Risk Solutions – Intelligent Matching Decision Solution (IMDS) –
Forensic Procurement Partnership & Accredex – Procurement Fraud Awareness e-Learning
Cifas – Facial Matching System
Cabinet Office and Experian Covid Response – Corporate Due Diligence Product
Graydon UK, Cifas and TruNarrative – Graydon Business Risk Fraud Detection and Compliance Tool
HMRC Fraud Investigation Service – Supply Chain Investigation Immersive Learning –
Graydon, Cifas & TruNarrative Partnership Worldpay Financial Crime & Law Enforcement Partnership

Outstanding Prevention Initiative

Andy Fox – North Yorkshire Police Financial Abuse Safeguarding Initiative
NHS Counter Fraud Authority Fraud Prevention Unit – Fraud Prevention Initiative
Jackie Long – Merseyside Police (Fraud Prevention Initiative)
PC Jim Day – Cheshire Constabulary (Operation Radium)
Confirmation of Payee – Lloyds Banking Group
Cifas Data Sharing Portal
NAFN Data and Intelligence Services Initiative
PPE and Medical Equipment Due Diligence Processes – Government Counter Fraud Function (GCFF)
Scam Marshals – National Trading Standards Scams Team
West Yorkshire Trading Standards Corona Virus Scam Alert

Among the finalists for Outstanding Partnership is the Public Sector Counter Fraud Journal Editorial Board Partnership. While this was not an official NHSCFA entry, credit goes to Mick Hayes, who sits on this Editorial Board.

The Lifetime Achievement winner will be announced on the day.