Fraud falls in Yorkshire

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Fraud is declining in Yorkshire, despite increasing nationwide, according to accountants and business advisers KPMG.

The value of fraud cases reaching the Crown Courts in Yorkshire fell to £18 million for the first six months of 2011, compared with £25 million in the same period in 2010.

Fraud in 2009 totalled £21 million.

Meanwhile, fraud nationwide increased to £1.1 billion from £609 million for the first half of 2011.

KPMG says almost half the frauds are committed against businesses and fraud by criminal gangs doubled in the first half of the year.