Councils criticised over fraud prevention

A STATEWIDE probe shows 324 cases of fraud and corruption against Queensland councils netted crooks $8.6 million.

Auditor-General Andrew Greaves blasted the state's 77 councils for not taking fraud "seriously".

One council accounted for 42% of the crimes, which all happened between mid-2009 and late 2014.

The A-G's office would not name the councils because of the potential to prejudice ongoing investigations.

Two of the cases netted more than $1 million each and about 19 thefts involved more than $10,000 each.

"Passive management approaches to fraud prevention and detection are outdated in today's rapidly evolving fraud risk environment," Mr Greaves's report to Parliament said.

"Perpetrators of fraud and corruption are becoming more sophisticated in their approaches, but most councils' techniques for detecting fraud lack the sophistication to counter them."

The report shows 66 councils had at least one case of dishonesty each and 43 councils could be ripped off at any time because they had no way of preventing fraud.

- APN NEWSDESK

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