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Fraud in the Public Sector: A Growing Concern in 2023


Fraud and corruption have stunted the development and infrastructure of many countries and sent numerous businesses down the path to bankruptcy. The public sector, including government agencies and departments, is facing a growing problem of fraud. In 2023, instances of fraud in the public sector will have increased, leading to significant financial losses and damage to public trust.

Although fraud is uncommon, its signs are frequently recognized.



Types of Fraud in the Public Sector

  • Procurement fraud: This occurs when individuals or companies manipulate the procurement process for personal gain. This may include bid rigging, false invoicing, and kickbacks.

  • Payroll fraud: This type of fraud involves the manipulation of payroll information to receive unauthorized pay or benefits. This can include false timekeeping, ghost employees, and falsified benefit claims.

  • Grants fraud: This type of fraud involves false applications or misrepresentations in order to receive grant funding. This may include false statements, false reporting, and misused funds.


One of the key elements contributing to the public sector's vulnerability to fraud is slow technological adaptation to modernization. Even for companies that are in the process of digital transformation or have made a lot of progress on this path, the use of mobile and cloud technologies brings new security risks because they no longer manage their networks based on their perimeters.

Cyberattacks have increased dramatically as a result of the pandemic. Within the public sector, complete fraud rings have submitted enormous fake unemployment claims totaling at least $34 billion*, given phony supplier information, and sent phishing emails to public sector personnel. It is apparent that skilled attackers are targeting public sector cybersecurity.




Preventing Fraud in the Public Sector


To prevent fraud in the public sector, it is important to implement strong internal controls and increase transparency. This can include:

  • Implementing an anti-fraud policy: Establishing a clear policy on fraud prevention, reporting, and investigation can help reduce the risk of fraud in the public sector.

  • Enhancing transparency: Making information publicly available, such as procurement records and financial statements, can help reduce the risk of fraud by increasing accountability and reducing opportunities for fraudulent activity.

  • Increasing internal controls: Improving internal controls, such as regular audits and risk assessments, can help detect and prevent fraud in the public sector.


By doing so, the public sector can improve accountability and reduce the financial losses and damage to public trust caused by fraud.



RAALS supports government agencies in meeting their growing needs for legal governance and risk management throughout their intricate web of procedures, guidelines, instruments, and systems. The Data Consolidator functionality enables government organizations to have an extensive perspective across all their many data silos, both recent and historical. The RAALS Investigator Suite assists law enforcement and customs agencies in saving time and money when identifying suspects or valuables in a case.





*https://www.onactuate.com/public-sector/fraud-in-the-public-sector/

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