Most outrageous excuses made by benefit cheats
“It was a drunken mistake,” “He doesn’t live here, he just comes every morning to collect his sandwiches,” “You have me confused with my evil twin brother” – just some of the excuses given to officials by benefit cheats trying to cover their backs.
A woman claiming disability living allowance claimant said she was claiming benefits to pay for a cleaner because “By the time I come in from work, I’m that knackered.”
One fraudster said she needed the money she falsely claimed to pay for a TV in all of her children’s five bedrooms because they had attention deficit disorder – but the woman from Scotland did not mention none of the children lived with her.
A woman who had been caught using a fake ID said her skin colour had changed from black to white and said the change in her face shape was down to a road accident.
Other excuses included:
- A man with two Pakistani passports being investigated for identity and benefit fraud said officials had him confused with his “evil twin brother”.
He said the two passports containing names and dates of birth for each of the same children could be explained because “my brother has children born on the same dates with the same names.”
- A woman told officials she was not in a relationship with a man who stayed at her home most nights in a week.
When it was pointed out that they had had three children in five years, she said: ‘We’re all entitled to a one-night stand aren’t we?’
When told it would be impossible to have three children of different ages from one liaison, she answered: ‘Well, a three-night stand then.’
- An English woman told officers her partner – who she had not declared onher claim – did not live with her “he just comes every morning to collect his sandwiches”
- A night watchman who claimed out-of-work benefit explained: ‘I only claim benefits during the day – what I do at night is my own business,’ he said.
- A supposedly single man told officers: ‘It’s not my partner, it’s my sister.’ When he was shown the couple’s wedding certificate he replied: “It was a drunken mistake.”
The excuses were all given to staff from the Department for Work and Pensions investigating benefit fraud. They have published them hoping to encourage the public to shop fraudsters.
David Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform, said: ‘Hard-working taxpayers lost an outrageous £1.2billion in benefit fraud last year."
Richard West, of the Department for Work and Pensions, said: ‘We are used to fraudsters telling tall tales to hide their crimes.
“Some keep on trying to lie as a way out – even to the point of ridiculousness. They usually just end up digging them themselves deeper into a hole.’