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What is fraud?


Many people can get confused about Fraud in its general sense and also how it applies to different situations. We at Sedgemoor District Council are trying to make things a little easier to understand.

What is Fraud?

In the broadest sense, a fraud is a deception made for personal gain. Fraud is a crime, and is also a civil law violation. In clear terms, fraud is a crime or offense where a person/persons deliberately deceive another/others in order to damage them — usually, to obtain property, finance or services from another unjustly.

What is Benefit Fraud?

Benefit fraud is where people claim Housing and Council Tax Benefit and/or Social Security Benefits (Dealt with by the Department of Work and Pensions) but have no right to claim it.

The Council is keen to make prompt payments of Housing and Council Tax benefit to genuine claimants, but we are equally keen to stamp out benefit fraud.

The Fraud team in our Benefits section is responsible for detection and investigation of fraudulent claims. Last year we were successful in 27 sanctions against fraudulent claimants in the Sedgemoor area.