Social Security Benefits: Fraud

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 8th January 2019.

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Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning Conservative, Hemel Hempstead

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the procedure in the Child Support Agency is to report alleged benefit fraud to her Department.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The CMG instructions to caseworkers are whenever a Child Maintenance Group (CMG) employee suspects a paying parent, receiving parent, third party or employer of criminal activity they may send a referral to the Financial Investigation Unit (FIU) or enforcement. Suspected benefit fraud would be reported to FIU who will then contact DWP via fraud referral.

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