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Quick Question - UK Benefit Fraud - Who Investigates?

Computer forensics discussion. Please ensure that your post is not better suited to one of the forums below (if it is, please post it there instead!)
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steve862
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Quick Question - UK Benefit Fraud - Who Investigates?

Post Posted: May 21, 12 13:49

Hi all,

This is one for the UK forensic investigators.

The title says it all. If a Police force has a computer belonging to a suspect in a case where he thinks that suspect is also committing large-scale benefit fraud, is there a specialist unit at the HMRC or DWP that can take over these investigations?

It would make sense that this type of work would be a specialist area, with the investigator needing to know the benefit system and the way people try to explot it. I also know that making sense and happening aren't always found together though.

I don't want to go into details on this job but we're probably talking about hundreds of thousands a year by this suspect.

Perhaps if there is someone doing this work in the UK they can PM me.

Thanks,

Steve
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ddewildt
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Re: Quick Question - UK Benefit Fraud - Who Investigates?

Post Posted: May 21, 12 14:51

This might be a good place to start...

campaigns.dwp.gov.uk/c...t-thieves/

National Benefit Fraud Hotline 0800 854 440  
 
  

pbeardmore
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Re: Quick Question - UK Benefit Fraud - Who Investigates?

Post Posted: May 22, 12 04:14

We have worked on a few of these cases. You need to contact the local authority where the fraud was taking place. It could be multiple locations. If so, start with the authority where the suspect lives. Google "benefit fraud" and the authority and it will get you the contact details  
 
  

steve862
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Re: Quick Question - UK Benefit Fraud - Who Investigates?

Post Posted: May 23, 12 19:39

Thanks for the replies guys,

It seems there are regional task forces to do the general benefit fraud investigations but no official unit that does the people who may have left a trail from Land's End to John O'Groats. I think in those scanarios it gets passed up to RMCS to be done.

The potential problem with that regional approach though is individual task forces having seperate pieces of the jigsaw and never getting to see the whole picture.

Steve
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