UK Pursues Benefit Fraudsters In Spain

By Editorial 27 February, 2014

The head of the UK's Department for Work and Pensions has urged British expats in Spain who suspect benefit fraud within the British community to report suspects via a hotline. These tips will then be investigated by a team based in Spain.

More allegations of benefit fraud are received in Spain than in any other foreign country, with Pension Credit and Income Support claims being the most frequently investigated. The team works with Spanish authorities and has so far looked into more than 1,200 cases, recovering GBP5m (USD8.3m).

The Department said that the Government is committed to stopping benefit fraud "whether you live in Spain, the UK or anywhere else in the world."

The Department has highlighted the case of a man who concealed his continuing ownership of a fisherman's cottage in Marbella after he returned to Britain and applied for three different benefits. The property was discovered by investigators in Spain, and the man was subsequently prosecuted. He was given a suspended jail sentence and ordered to pay back nearly GBP26,000 through the sale of the property within six months to avoid going to prison.

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