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Tagging firm's 'overcharging' probed - Serious Fraud Office to investigate G4S

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Tagging firm's 'overcharging' probed - Serious Fraud Office to investigate G4S

Post by Guest on 11.07.13 13:33

11 July 2013 Last updated at 13:08


Tagging firm's 'overcharging' probed


Overcharging by Serco and G4S amounted to tens of millions of pounds, says the government

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has asked the Serious Fraud Office to investigate G4S for overcharging for tagging criminals in England and Wales.
MPs heard that the overcharging by G4S and rival Serco ran to tens of millions of pounds.
Mr Grayling said the firms charged the government for tagging people who were not actually being monitored.
The bills included tags for people in prison or out of the country, and a small number who had died.
Serco has separately voluntarily agreed to take part in a "forensic audit" of what happened. G4S was given the same opportunity to co-operate with the government investigation, but refused.
In a statement to MPs, Mr Grayling said he had further launched a disciplinary investigation into the way the contracts had been managed inside the Ministry of Justice after uncovering evidence that officials knew in 2008 that there were problems with how both companies were billing for tagging.


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The House will share my astonishment that two of the Government's biggest suppliers would seek to charge in this way”
Chris Grayling
There will also be a wider review of all contracts held by G4S and Serco across Government.

"The House will share my astonishment that two of the Government's biggest suppliers would seek to charge in this way," said Mr Grayling.
"The House will also be surprised and disappointed to learn that staff in the Ministry of Justice were aware of a potential problem and yet did not take adequate steps to address it."

2004 contracts
Electronic tagging of criminals is a key part of the government's strategy to monitor offenders in the community. The contracts are awarded to private companies who then place the electronic ankle bracelet on the offender or suspect and ensure that their movements comply with their bail or licence conditions.


Mr Grayling said that current contracts had been awarded in November 2004 and were due to expire shortly.
He said that an audit had revealed a "significant anomaly in the billing practices" of both companies. Further investigations revealed that the billing related to people who were not actually tagged at all.


G4S in 2012

  • £7.3bn turnover
  • Pre-tax profit: £516m
  • Quarter of turnover relates to government contracts
  • Half of business in Europe 


Mr Grayling said: "It included charges for people who were back in prison and had had their tags removed, people who had left the country, and those who had never been tagged in the first place but who had instead been returned to Court.

"There are a small number of cases where charging continued for a period when the subject was known to have died.
"In some instances, charging continued for a period of many months and indeed years after active monitoring had ceased. The House will share my view that this is a wholly indefensible and unacceptable state of affairs."

SFO called in
Mr Grayling said officials estimated that the total over-billing was in the "low tens of millions" but it was not clear whether the problems dated back to an earlier 1999 contract.

He added that not only would the government seek to recover the money - but it had taken legal advice on whether to investigate whether the over-billing amounted to dishonesty .


He said that Serco had agreed to open its books to auditors PriceWaterhouseCoopers who would conduct a forensic audit of what happened, including looking at executives' emails.
Mr Grayling said: "We put the same proposal for a further detailed forensic audit to take place to G4S last night. They have rejected that proposal. Given the nature of the findings of the audit work that has taken place so far, and the very clear legal advice that I have received,
I am today asking the Serious Fraud Office to consider whether an investigation is appropriate into what happened in G4S, and to confirm to me whether any of the actions of anyone in that company represent more than a contractual breach."

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23272708

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Post by sallypelt on 11.07.13 13:42

BBC executives and staff, paid millions of pounds they weren't entitled to. MPs claiming what they weren't supposed to claim for, amounting to millions of pounds. Now they are going to get a 11% rise in what they received. And what is the one thing that links all these together? PUBLIC MONEY. Oh, how easy it is to take out of the public purse, while at the same time, people in this country are working their guts out, just to scrape a living.

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Post by aquila on 11.07.13 14:01

@sallypelt wrote:BBC executives and staff, paid millions of pounds they weren't entitled to. MPs claiming what they weren't supposed to claim for, amounting to millions of pounds. Now they are going to get a 11% rise in what they received. And what is the one thing that links all these together? PUBLIC MONEY. Oh, how easy it is to take out of the public purse, while at the same time, people in this country are working their guts out, just to scrape a living.

It's taking public money to make millions for independent shareholders (some of whom are government officials). It's using public money to speculate without risk or accountability - after all if someone finds anything wrong (usually the press) then the government just spend more public money on a pointless inquiry. It's a no-risk winner.

David Cameron's 'back to work tsar' Emma Harrison is another classic example.

There are people of the government with interests in payday loan companies - modern day loan sharking.

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Post by aquila on 11.07.13 14:26

candyfloss wrote:11 July 2013 Last updated at 13:08


Tagging firm's 'overcharging' probed


Overcharging by Serco and G4S amounted to tens of millions of pounds, says the government

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has asked the Serious Fraud Office to investigate G4S for overcharging for tagging criminals in England and Wales.
MPs heard that the overcharging by G4S and rival Serco ran to tens of millions of pounds.
Mr Grayling said the firms charged the government for tagging people who were not actually being monitored.
The bills included tags for people in prison or out of the country, and a small number who had died.
Serco has separately voluntarily agreed to take part in a "forensic audit" of what happened. G4S was given the same opportunity to co-operate with the government investigation, but refused.
In a statement to MPs, Mr Grayling said he had further launched a disciplinary investigation into the way the contracts had been managed inside the Ministry of Justice after uncovering evidence that officials knew in 2008 that there were problems with how both companies were billing for tagging.


“Start Quote
The House will share my astonishment that two of the Government's biggest suppliers would seek to charge in this way”
Chris Grayling
There will also be a wider review of all contracts held by G4S and Serco across Government.

"The House will share my astonishment that two of the Government's biggest suppliers would seek to charge in this way," said Mr Grayling.
"The House will also be surprised and disappointed to learn that staff in the Ministry of Justice were aware of a potential problem and yet did not take adequate steps to address it."

2004 contracts
Electronic tagging of criminals is a key part of the government's strategy to monitor offenders in the community. The contracts are awarded to private companies who then place the electronic ankle bracelet on the offender or suspect and ensure that their movements comply with their bail or licence conditions.


Mr Grayling said that current contracts had been awarded in November 2004 and were due to expire shortly.
He said that an audit had revealed a "significant anomaly in the billing practices" of both companies. Further investigations revealed that the billing related to people who were not actually tagged at all.


G4S in 2012

  • £7.3bn turnover
  • Pre-tax profit: £516m
  • Quarter of turnover relates to government contracts
  • Half of business in Europe 


Mr Grayling said: "It included charges for people who were back in prison and had had their tags removed, people who had left the country, and those who had never been tagged in the first place but who had instead been returned to Court.

"There are a small number of cases where charging continued for a period when the subject was known to have died.
"In some instances, charging continued for a period of many months and indeed years after active monitoring had ceased. The House will share my view that this is a wholly indefensible and unacceptable state of affairs."

SFO called in
Mr Grayling said officials estimated that the total over-billing was in the "low tens of millions" but it was not clear whether the problems dated back to an earlier 1999 contract.

He added that not only would the government seek to recover the money - but it had taken legal advice on whether to investigate whether the over-billing amounted to dishonesty .


He said that Serco had agreed to open its books to auditors PriceWaterhouseCoopers who would conduct a forensic audit of what happened, including looking at executives' emails.
Mr Grayling said: "We put the same proposal for a further detailed forensic audit to take place to G4S last night. They have rejected that proposal. Given the nature of the findings of the audit work that has taken place so far, and the very clear legal advice that I have received,
I am today asking the Serious Fraud Office to consider whether an investigation is appropriate into what happened in G4S, and to confirm to me whether any of the actions of anyone in that company represent more than a contractual breach."

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23272708

Perhaps the government can ask G4S to investigate itself. Here's another string to their bow.

G4S acquires surveillance and investigations company The Cotswold Group

The acquisition will significantly strengthen the strategic development of G4S’ covert surveillance and investigations capability, allowing the organisation to embed increased intelligence offerings into its service portfolio and introduce these offerings as part of its existing solutions-based contracts.
Adding to similar services offered in the US, Middle East and Asia Pacific, with this acquisition G4S will become the global leader in the investigation of insurance fraud (which is estimated to cost in excess of $200 billion each year.
The buy-out of The Cotswold Group also:

  • provides G4S with an intelligence-based fraud investigation services platform through which it can address significant revenue protection opportunities in the UK via its Utility Services business
  • allows G4S to pursue major opportunities within UK central and local Government, such as benefit fraud investigation
  • enhances G4S’ insurance claims surveillance, fraud mitigation and investigative services capabilities
  • increases G4S’ expertise and track record in corporate investigative services (such as absence management, internal fraud, staff vetting and staff risk assessment)


link to rest of article:

http://www.ifsecglobal.com/document.asp?doc_id=553362&site=ifsecglobal

a helluva lot seems to go on in the Cotswolds doesn't it!

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Post by jd on 11.07.13 14:47

Serco - The biggest uk company you have never heard of.....if you want an idea of who SERCO are, then watch this 3 min video...You might be shocked and have never heard of them!



Serco beats US rivals to Obamacare contract
Published at 12:01AM, July 6 2013

A British company has beaten off American competition to become a major partner in the delivery of President Obama’s healthcare insurance programme.
Serco’s shares are the biggest risers on the FTSE 100 index this week and are approaching all-time highs after news of the contract emerged and now the company is preparing to deliver on a $1.2 billion (£800 million) project to work out who legally qualifies for the President’s new and controversial healthcare provision.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/industries/supportservices/article3809637.ece

The main objective of this contract will be the start of implementing RFID chips into your left hand under the guise of all your medical records on it. Its been documented that if you don't take this chip then you won't get healthcare, unless you are super rich of course to go private

G4S will be the state police like we saw in Boston

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Post by plebgate on 11.07.13 17:26

Thieving scum taking our money - it never ends nor will it. Too many friends covering for each other.


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