Saturday, July 02, 2005

Ministry repeat warning on Benefit fraud

Ministry for Social and Civic Affairs has reminded the general public that it is an offence to fail to disclose any changes in personal and/or financial circumstances to the Department of Social Security in order to gain benefits.

During the last month a total of six persons have been arrested for claiming social assistance by false representation.

A Ministry spokesman said:

“Together with the Financial Crime Unit of the RG Police we are proactively targeting benefit fraud for the purpose of detecting and prosecuting offenders who fail to disclose these changes.

Persons on social assistance are reminded that they have to declare any change of circumstances. It is an offence and they are liable to prosecution and from disqualification from receiving social assistance if they make any false statement withhold any information with regards to property, income or other means.”

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