FOR years James Bowery, 54, from Harrowside,
In total he fraudulently claimed over £15,000 (€17,247), the British Embassy in
Having been caught, he pleaded guilty to benefit fraud at
Between April 2010 and March 2011, benefit cheats stole £79 million from
Many assume that benefit fraud only occurs when someone receives a benefit, such as Job Seekers Allowance or incapacity benefit, and fails to tell the Department DWP when they start working.
But people who receive
The DWP will soon be imposing a civil penalty on those who fail to keep them updated. For people who fail to take reasonable care of their claim, perhaps knowingly letting a change in circumstances run on and incurring a small overpayment, the DWP will swiftly apply a £50 civil penalty as a punishment to deter them from such action in future.
Deliberately withholding information that affects a benefit claim is a crime.
The Department for Work and Pensions for
benefit fraud. You can also report this online at https://secure.dwp.gov.uk/benefitfraud/.
The DWP wants benefits to go to the people who are entitled to them, not the cheats.