It's attracted this comment from a visitor:
As a former Benefit Fraud Investigator, I can categorically state that this case is JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG!I don't know the anonymous visitor, so I can't verify this. But the comments echo others made in the past - click the label "from the front line" at the end of this post.
When someone...anyone... in this or any other elected Government gets to realise the FULL extent of the carefully construed frauds against our benefit system; all hell will break loose.
It's okay them all bleating about "benefit fraud's taken very seriously". I was on the front line and can categorically state... NO IT IS NOT!
With Managers 'terrified' of having to put their full weight behind POCA cases and Investigators being forced to take the 'easy' prosecution options, i.e. go for the pensioners... the 'real' criminals continue to get away with it.
Benefit Fraud stats/costs aren't real or true; so I'm afraid people, be prepared to be very afraid when and if someone bothers to get to grips with the catastrophic benefit fraud being perpetrated against us. Be very afraid indeed!
This blog agrees that the fraud numbers are understated in order to give the impression that the problem of benefit fraud is being contained. Resources for enforcement are woefully inadequate, the system for enforcement is clunky, and if benefit fraud was prosecuted energetically the judicial system would be overwhelmed.
And the few who are caught often get away with trivial sentences - click on the "light sentences" label at the end for some startling examples.
The issue of benefit fraud was important to voters whom Ed Miliband met recently. One reporter remarked that
Where Miliband was less comfortable was on discussing benefit fraud, something that clearly exercised an awful lot of the people in the room.It's another of those issues important to voters which politicians prefer to brush under the carpet. So this campaigning blog will keep niggling away.
To those who are or who have been on the benefit front line: From time to time the blog is contacted by journalists or television programme makers. If you want to be put in touch when such requests come along, you can contact me through the website - see the link in the header.