1. Purpose of Fraud Policy
The ALINAFE ONLINE’s Fraud Policy sets out the responsibility of employees, management, users and third parties in relation to reporting of fraud or suspected fraud within the ALINAFE ONLINE.
Though there is some overlap between this policy and the Confidential Disclosures Policy, it is important to note that the reportage of fraud is mandatory.
However, a fraud and/or a suspected fraud can also be reported under the Confidential Disclosures (‘Whistleblowing’) Policy.
2. Scope of Fraud Policy
The Fraud Policy applies to any irregularity, or suspected irregularity, involving user, third parties, any unknown person, employees and where appropriate outside agencies doing business with the ALINAFE ONLINE or employees of such agencies, and/or any other parties having a business relationship with the ALINAFE ONLINE or some other persons unknown to ALINAFE ONLINE.
For the purposes of the policy, the term ‘employee’ includes individuals who work within the ALINAFE ONLINE such as external consultants, contractors, agency personnel, and Central ALINAFE ONLINE management.
3. Definition of Fraud
Any employee or user or third party, external contractor working with ALINAFE ONLINE assumes a commitment to acting towards prevention, detection and reporting of fraud or suspected fraud by taking measures necessary to report any circumstances that are fraudulent that have come to their attention.
2. ALINAFE ONLINE will prosecute any persons who are deemed liable for:
4. Responsibility for the Prevention and Detection of Fraud
5. Procedure for Reporting a Suspected Fraud
Reporting fraud according to the following procedure is mandatory for any user and employee who suspects that a fraud has occurred. Persons who cover up, obstruct, or fail to report (or monitor) a fraud that they become aware of, or ought to have been aware of, may be considered to be an accessory after the fact and may be subject to the ALINAFE ONLINE’s disciplinary code which could involve action up to and including dismissal. Persons who threaten retaliation against a person reporting a suspected fraud shall be subject to the disciplinary code which could include action up to and including dismissal or prosecution or both.
Details of the incident, facts, suspicions or allegations should not be discussed with anyone inside or outside the ALINAFE ONLINE unless the ALINAFE ONLINE’s investigating team specifically directs this. In particular, the matter should not be discussed with the individual suspected of fraud.
Fraud can be detected at any level within the ALINAFE ONLINE, and the following will apply in the reporting of suspected internal fraud:
6. References for Employees Disciplined or Prosecuted for Fraud
Where there is a request for a reference for an employee who has been disciplined or prosecuted for fraud or dishonesty, the Human Resources Division shall prepare any reply to such a request having regard to the ALINAFE ONLINE’s policies and Employment Law.
7. Review of Fraud Policy
The Fraud Policy will be reviewed at least every three years by the Audit Committee.