KPMG fraud expert chosen to head government crime unit

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KPMG partner Jeremy Outen has been picked to head the government’s new financial crime-fighting unit, the Home Office said yesterday.

Outen, head of the accountancy giant’s fraud practice, will be the director of the economic crime command at the new National Crime Agency, which is due to be fully operational by the end of the year.

The unit will “provide an innovative and improved capability to deal with fraud and economic crimes, including those carried out by organised criminals”, according to the Home Office.

Outen has worked as a forensic accountant for KPMG for over two decades, and spent time on secondment to the Cabinet Office working on proceeds of crime policy.

“Jeremy Outen has the skills and experience necessary to tackle the challenges posed by economic crime,” said Theresa May in a statement yesterday.

“Getting a senior leadership team in place early is crucial to ensuring the NCA is ready to become fully operational later this year.”