Benefit Fraud

Immigration: Cameron Is Fast Approaching His EU Rubicon

Peter Wilding | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Wilding

The immigration Rubicon is in front of us. The question is whether the prime minister is ready to cross it. On the other side lies controlling EU migration by quotas. What's left is the option of controlling migration by ending in work and out of work benefits. If the Prime Minister chooses quotas he will have crossed an irreversible line.

Hoarder Sentenced For Hiding Body Of His Dead Mother

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK

A 54-year-old "hoarder" has been given a suspended jail sentence for concealing the body of his elderly mother in a freezer at their home in order to ...

New Benefit Fraud Campaign Is Launched

Stef Benstead | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

Today the government launched its most recent benefit fraud campaign. They've had these before and it's unclear what effect they had. Did they result in more calls to the benefit fraud hotline? Does more calls mean more detection of fraud, or more unnecessary fraud investigations?

Is Fraud Always Wrong?

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Anyone who examines the facts knows that benefit fraud is a minor problem. Tax fraud is 15 times bigger, unclaimed benefits 17 times bigger, benefit cuts are 22 times bigger and tax evasion is 30 to 70 times bigger. In the context of our national finances benefit fraud is near irrelevant...

LOOK: Government Reveals Potential Jail Sentences

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Comedy

Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has revealed that the worst benefit cheats will now be jailed for up to 10 years. But look what ...

How Should Benefit Cheats Be Punished?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK

The worst benefit cheats will be locked up for up to 10 years under tough new rules, it has been announced. In a new crackdown on those who "flout ...

Drag Queen Tilly Of 'Glitter Lips' Jailed For Wrongly Claiming £88,000 Benefits

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Sara C Nelson | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK

A 49-year-old man who performed on stage as a spike-heeled drag queen, has been jailed for wrongly claiming £88,000 in disability-related benefits. ...

Mother Pocketed Hundreds Of Thousands In Benefit Fraud

PA | Posted 23.05.2013 | UK

A mother has been found guilty of fraudulently pocketing more than £350,000 in benefits and tax credits by claiming her children had disabilities and...

NO DEAL: TV Show Winner Admits Fraud

PA | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Entertainment

A mother who won £95,000 on the television show 'Deal Or No Deal' has pleaded guilty to benefit fraud. Caroline Banana, 40, of Stoke-on-Trent, Sta...

Welfare Reforms 'Leave System More Open To Benefit Fraud'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.04.2013 | UK Politics

MPs have raised fears that the government's huge welfare shake-up actually leaves the system more open to benefit fraud. A report by the Communitie...

Welfare Myth Two - Benefit Fraud is a Big Problem

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Fraud is always a problem. Lying and cheating is wrong and society should certainly discourage it. But benefit fraud - people lying and cheating in order to increase the size of their benefits - is not a big problem. There are many problems which are much bigger, in particular fraud by government.

The Big Lie - David Cameron's Divide And Rule Strategy

Rob Atkinson | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK Politics
Rob Atkinson

The current government's presentation of its policies to tackle a massive public debt is an object lesson in the effective use of the Big Lie. Pathologically opposed to any measures which might unduly affect the "wealth-creating potential" of the better-off, they are nevertheless determined to make massive reductions in public expenditure, and have targeted the Welfare Budget as a potential source of great savings.

Benefit Claimants Assessed By 'Lie Detecting Technology' In Fraud Crackdown

Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.11.2012 | UK

Benefit claimants are being assessed by lie detecting technology in a clampdown on fraudulent claims by Southwark Council in South London. The tec...

Student Funded Through Private School By Benefits Cheat Parents

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 28.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A married couple have admitted to illegally claiming state benefits to maintain their son's private school education and prop up a lavish lifestyle. ...

BBC Presenter Jailed Over Benefit Fraud

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.07.2012 | UK

BBC Rogue Traders presenter Dan Penteado was jailed for 12 weeks for council tax and housing benefit fraud worth more than £24,000 on Tuesday. The...

Lottery-Winning Convicted Rapist Admits £13,000 Benefit Scam

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.07.2012 | UK

A convicted rapist who won nearly £5 million on the lottery admitted fraudulently claiming around £13,000 in benefits on Tuesday. Edward Putman p...

BBC Rogue Traders Presenter Admits £24,000 Benefit Fraud

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.06.2012 | UK

BBC Rogue Traders presenter Dan Penteado pleaded guilty on Tuesday at Bournemouth magistrates' court to illegally obtaining housing and council tax be...

New £2,000 Benefit Fraud Fine Comes Into Effect

PA | Posted 08.05.2012 | UK

Benefit cheats will be fined up to £2,000 without being taken to court under new powers from Tuesday, which the Government said will save the taxpaye...

'My Life On The Run Was Like James Bond': Benefits Cheat Who Faked Death Jailed

Posted 08.03.2012 | UK

A benefits cheat who faked his own death to wriggle out of fraud charges has been jailed for 32 months. Stephen Kellaway, 53, claimed £43,000 in b...

'Cellar Girl' Treated As 'Virtual Slave' Tells Of New Life

Posted 27.02.2012 | UK

A deaf and mute woman who claims she was kept in a cellar and treated as a virtual slave for almost a decade has told a court of her new life away fro...

Benefits Cheat Glamour Mum Avoids Being Banged Up

Posted 17.02.2012 | UK

A 23-year-old glamour model, who admitted falsely claiming over £16,000 on benefits, has avoided jail. Mum-of-two Kirsty Summers was given a commu...

Crackdown On Ex-Pat Benefit Cheats Planned

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 10.01.2012 | UK Politics

Ministers are planning to crack down on British people living abroad who are fraudulently claiming benefits, following the publication of figures show...

The One Million, the FTSE 100 and the 99%

Melanie Ward | Posted 17.01.2012 | UK Politics
Melanie Ward

The chorus of voices in protest is growing. How loud will it have to get before we see some change?

Look Behind You, Mr. Benefits Scammer: Pantomime Dame Caught Swindling

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 11.01.2012 | UK

A Widow Twanky costume didn't fool fraud investigators on the tail of benefits scammer and pantomime dame Paul Couchman. The cheat claimed thousan...

Gang 'Trafficked Polish To UK To Claim £2m In Benefits'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 02.01.2012 | UK

A Polish gang that trafficked more than 200 people into Britain in order to illegally claim £2m in benefits has been smashed by the Metropolitan Poli...