Pensions Ombudsman finds scheme failed to meet anti-fraud duties

Trustees Agenda posted on 7 August, 2018

The Pensions Ombudsman has found that the Northumbria Police Authority was guilty of maladministration when it transferred a police officer's pension savings out of the Police Pension Scheme without first undertaking appropriate checks on the receiving scheme and neglecting to provide the officer with the official Pensions Regulator anti-fraud literature.

The authority has been ordered to reinstate the member's accrued benefits of £135,400 and to pay £1,000 in damages for distress.