1st Edition

Frauds and Financial Crimes Trends, Strategic Responses, and Implementation Issues in England and Wales

Edited By Alan Doig, Michael Levi Copyright 2022
    130 Pages
    by Routledge

    130 Pages
    by Routledge

    This edited volume provides a contemporary overview of major issues and control strategies associated with fraud and financial crime, including prevention, public ethics, compliance mechanisms, and law enforcement in England and Wales.

    The UK – and in particular, England & Wales - has had a number of public strategies and plans to address fraud and financial crime, beginning (in this edited volume) with the 2008 National Fraud Strategy and now including, most recently, the 2020 Local Government Fraud and Corruption strategy, the 2019 Economic Crime Plan and National Fraud Policing Strategy, the 2018 Serious and Organised Crime Strategy, and the 2017 Anti-Corruption Plan. All, together with a number of past, existing, reconfigured and new institutions and procedures, reflect a continuing collective response to emerging issues and themes in fraud and financial crime.

    Frauds and Financial Crimes: Trends, Strategic Responses and Implementation Issues in England and Wales contributes insights about the continuing interplay of strategic responses, priorities and implementation in an era of budget reductions, competing local and national agendas and a continuing absence of joined-up oversight and ownership. Drawing on both academic and practitioner experts, the book seeks to explore a range of important themes, including: the gaps between strategic intentions and practice on the ground; different approaches to the same issue; labelling of crimes as ‘organised’ and/or ‘economic’; collaborative public-private and inter-agency approaches and problem ownership; the role of prevention; and the translation of experience upwards and policy downwards in development and implementation. In doing so, it seeks to inform more effective strategic responses to fraud and financial crime.

    The chapters in this book were originally published in the journal Public Money and Management.


    Alan Doig and Michael Levi

    1. Frauds and Financial Crimes: National Strategic Responses

    Alan Doig and Michael Levi

    2. A case of arrested development? Delivering the UK National Fraud Strategy within competing policing policy priorities

    Alan Doig and Michael Levi

    3. Understanding the police response to fraud: the challenges in configuring a response to a low-priority crime on the rise

    Michael Skidmore, Janice Goldstraw-White and Martin Gill

    4. When opportunity knocks: mobilizing capabilities on serious organized economic crime

    Kenneth Murray

    5. For fraud, look under ‘serious and organized crime’

    Simon Avery

    6. Implementing a divergent response? The UK approach to bribery in international and domestic contexts

    Nicholas Lord, Alan Doig, Michael Levi, Karin van Wingerde and Katie Benson

    7. Tracking the international proceeds of corruption and the challenges of national boundaries and national agencies: the UK example

    Jackie Harvey

    8. Estate agents’ perspectives of anti-money laundering compliance—four key issues in the UK property market

    Ilaria Zavoli and Colin King

    9. Forensic accounting services in English local government and the counter-fraud agenda

    Mohd Hadafi Sahdan, Christopher J. Cowton and Julie E. Drake

    10. Local government ethics in England: how is local ownership working?

    Alan Doig

    11. Councillor ethics: a review of the Committee on Standards In Public Life’s ‘Local Government Ethical Standards’

    Jonathan Rose and Colin Copus

    12. Fraud: from national strategies to practice on the ground—a regional case study

    Alan Doig


    Alan Doig is currently Visiting Professor, Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University. He developed the first MA in Fraud Management for UK police, public and private sector investigators and investigation managers. He is author and editor of practitioner and academic reports, articles and books on fraud, financial crime and public ethics; the books include Corruption and Misconduct in Contemporary British Politics, Fraud, and Fraud: The Counter-fraud Practitioners Handbook. He was the Council of Europe’s full-time Resident Advisor in Turkey for a public ethics and prevention of corruption project and a resident UNODC UNCAC mentor to Thailand. Since then he has worked for various organisations, including the World Bank, OECD, Council of Europe, and the UNDP.

    Michael Levi is Professor of Criminology at Cardiff University. He has an international reputation in academic and policy-oriented research on money laundering, corruption, cybercrimes, transnational organised crime and white-collar crimes. He has been advisor to the European Commission and Parliament, Europol, Council of Europe, UN and World Economic Forum, and UK government departments. His books include The Phantom Capitalists and Regulating Fraud. He has received major research prizes from the British and American Societies of Criminology, the first lifetime Tackling Economic Crime Award in the UK in 2019, and the Al Thani Rule of Law Committee/UNODC Corruption Research and Education prize in 2020.