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We look at every report we receive.

 

  • First of all we decide if there is enough information to start an investigation.
  • In suitable cases we will investigate jointly with the Department for Work and Pensions.
  • We gather additional information about the suspect from a wide range of sources, such as utility companies, banks and building societies.
  • The Benefit Fraud Investigation Team then investigates and establishes the facts. Where appropriate they take action - including the withdrawal of benefits or starting a criminal prosecution.
  • All this can take time.
  • If the investigators believe that the person has committed an offence then that person will be invited to attend a formal interview under caution.
  • Unfortunately we cannot comment on cases under investigation. So if you report someone we will not be able to update you on how the investigation is proceeding

Remember, if you are receiving benefit yourself it is your responsibility to notify the local authority immediately of any change in your circumstances that may affect your entitlement to benefit.

You cannot assume that other organisations, like the Department for Work and Pensions, will notify us on your behalf.

 

 

 

Contact Details

 

Benefit Fraud Hotline

Telephone: (0500) 658008

Email: benefitsinvestigation@sstaffs.gov.uk

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