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U.K. Fraud Office Gets Mixed Review Following Inspection

Roberta Holland | December 3, 2014

Britain’s anti-fraud agency last week received a mixed report card on fixing “deep-rooted” issues first brought to light in a 2012 review.

Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) said the Serious Fraud Office has made some progress in correcting shortcomings, but has a ways to go if it wants to effectively take on complex fraud cases.

“Whilst there is a clear improving trend overall much still needs to be done to achieve the intended results,” the report, released Friday, said.

The report noted that the SFO has faced “very substantial challenges arising out of historical problems which pre-date the arrival of the current director.” It also said some of the recommendations involved elements of culture change within the organization, which don’t lend themselves to a quick fix.

Of the eight recommendations made in 2012,...

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