October 2013 – Benefit Fraudsters Face 10 Year Prison Sentences
Benefit and tax credit fraud are to be subject to a maximum 10 year prison sentence.
Guidance issued by the Crown Prosecution Service sets out the approach prosecutors should take in deciding the appropriate offences to use in benefits and tax credits cases and says that, where the alleged offending merits such an approach and prosecutors anticipate a very substantial prison sentence, they should charge under the Fraud Act 2006 which carries a maximum sentence of ten years, rather than the Social Security Administration Act 1992 which carries a maximum sentence of seven years.
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