Under the Fraud Act 2006, there are five main ways by which fraud can be committed. Read to find out more about them.

Fraud by false representation for example:

  • A customer applying to the council for housing claiming to be homeless, when they already own a property or they provide false identification to support their application
  • A prospective employee providing false work history or qualifications on a job application
  • A benefit customer concealing the fact that they are living together with a partner on their housing benefit form, representing themselves as a single person

Fraud by failing to disclose information for example:

  • A customer claiming a 25% single person discount and failing to inform the council that a friend or partner has moved into their property
  • A council tenant subletting the whole of the property and not informing the Council of this change
  • A benefit customer claiming on the basis of incapacity benefit failing to report that they have started work

Fraud by abuse of position for example:

  • A councillor using their position to support or influence a planning application for a project or venture that they have a financial interest in.
  • An employee colluding with a contractor to ensure that a contract is awarded to a certain company
  • A manager failing to declare gifts and hospitality from an organisation that is subsequently successful in tendering for a contract.

Possession of articles for use in frauds for example:

  • A prospective employee submitting a fake or counterfeit passport as proof of identity in support of a job application
  • A customer submitting a false document to support an application to the Council for services
  • A customer displaying a fake disabled blue parking badge to evade parking charges

Making or supply articles for use in frauds for example:

  • An individual or group making fake passports for use in fraudulent housing benefit applications
  • Obtaining Council services dishonestly
  • A individual obtaining social care payments for someone who either does not require the level of care or who is not resident in the UK