Our ‘Interview With’ series speaks to people in varying careers to ask about their role and how they got there, to inspire others who may be at the stage of picking a career, or switching up their current one.
This week, we interviewed a counter fraud investigator to see what goes on inside the council, and what it means to track down the bad guys of social housing…
WHAT IS YOUR JOB TITLE?
Counter fraud investigator
- HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING SINCE LEAVING FULL-TIME EDUCATION?
- WHAT ARE YOU RESPONSIBLE FOR IN YOUR ROLE?
My main responsibility is to investigate instances of fraud in relation to social housing. I am currently responsible for 20 housing fraud cases. These cases are suspected to involve offenses committed under the Fraud Act 2006 section 2 and 3, as well as offenses under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud act.
I mainly investigate cases involving non-occupation and subletting of council properties. I also investigate cases involving false succession claims of council properties and fraudulent ‘right to buy’ applications.
- WHAT DOES A TYPICAL WORKDAY LOOK LIKE?
My days usually include unannounced tenancy visits at suspect properties, fact-finding interviews and interviews under caution with suspects, as well as analysing data.
- WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
No two days are the same. I’m out of my comfort zone on a daily basis and enjoy feeling challenged.
- WHAT WOULD YOU TELL SOMEONE LOOKING TO GET INTO YOUR INDUSTRY?
I’d say go for it! A career in fraud is diverse! It affects multiple sectors so plenty of areas to choose from or specialise in. There is an investigative or preventative side.
- WHAT ARE THE MAIN QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED FOR YOUR ROLE/INDUSTRY?
My role requires the Advanced Professional Certificate in Investigative Practice (APCIP). The qualification ensures that you know how to create civil and criminal case files correctly from the offset. The course also ensures that you learn how to conduct interviews under caution in line with legislation as well as following correct disclosure procedures for when your cases reach court.
- WHO WAS YOUR ROLE MODEL GROWING UP?
My Mum! She changed careers to join the police force when my sister and I were really young. It took a lot of guts for her to take the leap and she has thrived in her career. She was the reason I studied Criminology.
- IF YOU COULD GIVE YOUR YOUNGER SELF ANY ADVICE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Stop worrying about the little things, it’ll all work out in the end.
PAY RANGE IN £ (TOTAL PACKAGE):
A = up to 20k
B = 21-30k
C = 31-50k <<<<<
D = 50-70k
E = 70k +