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    Benefit Fraud - Inside job.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan...ester-50844861

    A woman who assessed people for universal credit has been sentenced for making fake claims and cheating people out of their cash.

    Rebecca Hanway, 30, of Wigan, admitted defrauding the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) of more than £18,000.

    The claims team manager submitted two fraudulent applications and hijacked five claims to steal money, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.
    Hanway used her own bank account details to receive the universal credit advance payments and she also diverted advance payments from three other claims into her bank between September 2018 to April 2019.
    Her own bank account? She hardly sounds like the brain of Britain.
    A DWP statement said benefit fraud "diverts money from those who really need it".

    It added: "We have a zero tolerance policy of anyone fraudulently claiming benefits."
    If a claimant makes a deliberately fraudulent claim they would be barred from claiming any benefits, and probably jailed. (Many have been jailed for similar sums).

    So you would think that someone fiddling from inside the system would get very stern treatment wouldn't you?

    She got a 16 month sentence suspended for 2 years; so she doesn't actually go to jail.
    I'd call that zero sentence not zero tolerance.
    Last edited by nukecad; 20-12-19 at 15:59.
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    That sentence is a laugh, she should have been sent down.
    I hope those that were defrauded get the money due plus compensation.

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