What happens when you report benefit fraud?

How do I report benefit fraud?

You can report a benefit cheat by calling the National Benefit Fraud Hotline (NBFH) or sending the relevant information using the government’s official benefit fraud online form.

You’ll need some details about the person that you’re reporting, including their full name and address, a description of the person, the type of benefit fraud you think they are committing, information about their employer and what vehicle they drive, if they have one.

Remember: when reporting benefit fraud, you have the option to remain completely anonymous.

What will happen after I report it?

Once you have reported the benefit cheat, the benefit fraud investigators will need time to carefully overlook all of the information you’ve given. This could take weeks, and the investigators are not allowed to disclose the outcome to you.

If you have given enough information, the investigators will check the “fraudster’s” benefit claim, and will look into whether or not they are committing a crime.

Sometimes, the result is that no action is taken due to the person having declared work prior to the investigation.

The consequences of benefit fraud

Benefit fraud can have a variety of different consequences, depending on how long the person has been fraudulently claiming for. Punishments for benefit fraud include:

  • Prosecution
  • A fine
  • Formal caution
  • Reduced or stopped benefits
  • Confiscation of assets

It’s very rare that a benefit fraud case ends without the defendant having to pay back all of the money that they have fraudulently claimed.
For more information on benefit fraud, and what to do if you’ve been accused, click here.

Posted on: Fri, 26 August 2016
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