Winners of the 2020 Tackling Economic Crime Awards announced

The winners of the second edition of the Tackling Economic Crime Awards (TECAs) were announced on Wednesday 9th December at a virtual awards show where representatives from across the financial crime sector tuned in live to celebrate the outstanding achievements of all the finalists and winners.

The winners were selected by an esteemed panel of judges and the awards were presented in 11 categories to public, private and third sector organisations and individuals who had made a significant impact in desisting all areas of economic crime.

Professor Martin Gill, founder of the TECAs, commented:

We were delighted to hold the presentation of the TECAs for the second year – all be it virtually – to recognise the sector’s achievements at the end of such a challenging year. All the finalists and especially the winners should be proud. The judging process is strict and robust; each judge marks independently against a set of criteria, and they commit to declaring any conflict of interest. Each entry must achieve a fixed score threshold to become a finalist, ensuring consistent quality across the competition, which means all the finalists – individuals, teams and companies represent outstanding performance of the highest level.”

 

2020 Award Winners:

Outstanding Team
Zurich Insurance Intelligence Team
“We are delighted to be recognised by the industry for our approach to intelligence led investigation. We’ve invested heavily in a proactive intelligence model, partnering with exciting new technology vendors to put intelligence management at the very centre of our efforts to tackle insurance fraud. The competition this year for these prestigious awards was fierce which only bodes well for us all in our efforts to fight economic crime at all levels.”
David Clements, Investigations Manager Zurich

Outstanding Customer Service Initiative
Hertfordshire Constabulary & Catch 22 – Beacon Victim Care Initiative
We are thrilled that the work of our dedicated team has been recognised like this. Setting up this award-winning hub which directly address those affected by fraud has enabled us to have team members with specialist knowledge, who can work with victims one-to-one while empowering them to know their rights.
Hertfordshire Constabulary, David Lloyd, our Police and Crime Commissioner, and Catch22 have always supported us to better meet the needs of Hertfordshire’s victims of crime by adapting our service as we see fit – ensuring no victim is left behind.”

Outstanding Training Initiative
Lloyds Banking Group – Fraud & Financial Crime Training Initiative
This is fantastic news, was certainly one of the most positive experiences I have had during the development of learning for the mandatory training schedule and really thrilled it has been recognised.  A real demonstration of living the values I think.”
Eilish Drugan, Manager Learning Technologies

“Having led the project management on this for the fraud and financial crime team it was such an honour to get this recognition of the hard work that we put into this ambitious project. It was a truly collaborative effort and the culmination of months of activity, getting this recognition is the icing on the cake.”  
Stephanie Ogunjimi, Senior Manager Fraud and Financial Crime Prevention

“It is great to be recognised for an excellent piece of learning that covers a hard hitting subject matter in such an engaging and memorable way.”
Jo Cabena, Project Manager

Outstanding New Product
Zurich Insurance – Carpe Data Counter Fraud Solution for Zurich Insurance

Outstanding Partnership
BAE Systems & Zurich Partnership

Outstanding Investigator
Dave Perry – HMRC

Outstanding Young Professional – Sponsored by Altia-ABM
Zac Barrett – HMRC FIS Cybercrime

Outstanding Female Professional – Sponsored by Cifas
Claire Jenkins FCCA – Companies House
“To win the Outstanding Female Professional” award at the TECA’s is truly an honour.  As a fraud fighter, to have this recognition for what I do and to win a TECA is high praise indeed”

Outstanding Male Professional
Philip Juhasz – Hertfordshire Shared Anti-Fraud Service
“It was a an honour to be acknowledged by SAFS for my hard work and commitment with a nomination, let alone making the finalists and going on to win the category which was not expected as there are so many outstanding professionals working to counter fraud and economic crime. I am very proud to receive a this award from TECAS. Thank you.”

Outstanding Prevention Initiative
Scam Marshals – National Trading Standards Scams Team

Lifetime Achievement – Sponsored by LexisNexis Risk Solutions
Katy Worobec
“I was completely gob smacked to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award and am absolutely delighted.   Had I been more prepared I would have said what I’m going to say now: all the things that were mentioned in the testimonial only came to be because of the marvellous team I have had around me to deliver them.  The make up of that team, the individuals and my position in it may have changed over the years,  but what has been consistent is the passion and commitment each and every person has shown in playing their part in Tackling Economic Crime.” 

Summaries of each of the winners can be found here.

The event organisers would like to thank all those who helped make the TECAs such a success including: associations and their representative judges; ACFE, Cabinet Office, Cifas, CIPFA, City of London Police, Fraud Advisory Panel, H I Counter Fraud Group, Insurance Fraud Bureau, London Fraud Forum, NAFN, North East Fraud Forum, NHS Counter Fraud Authority, RUSI, Serious Fraud Office, UK Finance and University of Portsmouth.  Sponsors – Altia-ABM; Cifas and LexisNexis Risk Solutions; and media partners – Security Matters; International Security Expo and The Security Event.

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