Gary Sommerford, previously senior business consultant of fraud and investigations for InterGlobal, has started his own consulting company in the UK, Larus Consulting. His new venture will take advantage of his significant experience in the sector of fraud detection, claims controls and cost containment. Larus Consulting will provide a full range of counter fraud, risk, investigations and cost containment solutions for the insurance industry, public sector, legal profession and individuals both in the UK and abroad.
Sommerford said of the new venture: “As a consultant, I will be able to provide organisations with flexible solutions to countering fraud, abuse and maladministration. My clients will have the benefit of bespoke services to suit their needs, while also remaining in control of their budget.” In addition to the consultancy role, Sommerford is also working on initiatives to promote the Global Health Fraud Hub, which is in partnership with the Health Insurance Counter Fraud Group, the Gulf Healthcare Anti-Fraud Association and the European Healthcare Fraud and Corruption Network. Sommerford added: “In the current economic climate, the insurance industry is falling foul to both organised and opportunistic crime on an unprecedented scale – fraud and abuse is a real threat, which if not tackled, results in serious financial losses and increased premiums for customers.”