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FOI 5783

Benefit Fraud

Request

a) How many Benefit Fraudsters have you identified in the last 5 years.

b) Of those individuals how many were prosecuted?

c) What is the total outstanding 'debt' to the council resulting from benefit fraud ?

d) Of those prosecuted how much money have you recovered?

e) How much of the 'debt' has the council written off?



Response

With reference to your Freedom of information Request received 7 March 2013, please see below for the information you require:-

In 2009/10 – 30 claims made by individuals were determined to be fraudulent
In 2010/11 – 42 claims made by individuals were determined to be fraudulent
In 2011/12 – 36 claims made by individuals were determined to be fraudulent
In 2012/13 – 25 claims made by individuals were determined to be fraudulent


In 2009/10 – Brentwood Council successfully prosecuted 6 individuals
In 2010/11 - Brentwood Council successfully prosecuted 9 individuals
In 2011/12 - Brentwood Council successfully prosecuted 7 individuals
In 2012/13 - Brentwood Council successfully prosecuted 5 individuals

The debt resulting from Benefit Fraud is as follows:

In 2009/10 The total value of fraudulent over payments is £83,736.08
In 2010/11 The total value of fraudulent over payments is £23,323.56
In 2011/12 The total value of fraudulent over payments is £24,333.05
In 2012/13 The total value of fraudulent overpayments is £79,222.03

The total amount of money recovered from those prosecuted = £48,899.56.

The total amount of “debt” written off = £26,544.55.