CPS

Benefit fraudsters could get up to ten years in jail

Mon, 16/09/2013 - 13:42 -- nick

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced an increase in maximum jail terms for those convicted of benefit and tax credit fraud.

Despite its rarity - only 0.7% of welfare payments are lost to fraud - the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, says that it is time for a "tough stance".

The fact that fraud has been getting rarer suggests both that the change is unnecessary, and that it has been prompted by the government and newspapers' increasingly hard line on all benefits.

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