Crackdown begins on self-employment fraud in pandemic


The money will be used to increase the ability to detect and catch fraudsters.

About 2,000 trained specialists will be deployed to investigate law enforcement claims by carrying out property checks, tracking independent claimants’ tax returns and cross-checking bank details.

It builds on investigations by the ministry’s cybersecurity and serious and organized crime enforcement team.

They have led government action to tackle organized crime groups seeking to exploit support during the pandemic, ending systematic attacks on the benefits system and preventing at least £ 1.9bn of benefits from being paid to people trying to rip off the system.

Thérèse Coffey, Secretary of the Department for Work and Pensions, said: “Investing in anti-fraud measures protects honest taxpayers’ money and prevents criminals from funding their illicit activities at the expense of our welfare system. .

“We know the characteristics of a suspicious claim. This injection of half a billion pounds of cash sends a clear message to fraudsters and criminal gangs: anyone who tries to rip us off will get caught. “

Aaron Morby


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