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Vat fraud: Interdisciplinary Research on Tax crimes in the European Union
(Grant Agreement no: 878619)

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VIRTEU benefits from the participation of a group of internationally renowned Impact Partners. Such a partnership of organisations will provide the Core Research Team with valuable advice on how to enhance the impact of the research focusing on how to mitigate the adverse effects of tax crimes and tax corruption.


Cifas is a not-for-profit fraud prevention organisation. They are the United Kingdom’s leading fraud prevention service who manages the largest database of instances of fraudulent conduct. Their members are organisations from all sectors, sharing their data across those sectors to reduce instances of fraud and financial crime. Cifas experts and services, including both a learning (Cifas Fraud and Cyber Academy) and intelligence function, help protect individuals and organisations from the growing and increasingly sophisticated threat of fraud and financial crime. Since 1988, Cifas has helped its members and customers protect themselves from billions of pounds worth of fraud losses. Cifas works tirelessly to create a tougher environment for fraudsters and has five key values, collaboration, integrity, expertise, innovation and respect, it is by these values that it operates.



Mike Betts is the current head of Learning and Counter Fraud Studies at Cifas. He has 36 years’ experience in combating fraud and crime. He has extensive knowledge of the United Kingdom’s Bribery Act 2010 having developed the National Bribery Investigation programme in support of the United Kingdom’s Anti-Corruption Strategy. He has delivered financial crime learning programmes and undertaken learning needs analysis in many countries including Colombia, Belize, Brunei, Saudi Arabia, Kenya and the Falklands. Mike is the named author of the Blackstone’s publication ‘Investigating Fraud and Economic Crime’ published in March 2017 and holds Master’s Degree in Fraud Management with distinction from Middlesex University.


Gaby Devereux is Head of Future Initiatives, at Cifas. Having spent her career to date in fraud prevention, she worked first in a retail finance company’s fraud department where she helped to develop and then manage their fraud prevention strategy during the launch of their retail card product. Gaby joined Cifas in 2004. Since then she has worked in various capacities across the organisation and now leads on the delivery of new initiatives that enhance fraud prevention capabilities both nationally and internationally. Over the 18 years Gaby has worked in fraud prevention, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the fraud challenges facing organisations and the essential tools required to identify and prevent fraud losses.


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