Benefit fraud in the Borders

THE number of alleged housing benefit and Council Tax benefit frauds uncovered by Scottish Borders Council in the last year rose significantly from 24 to 40, but the majority of cases involved sums of under £5,000.

A report to Scottish Borders Council’s audit committee this week revealed that five cases uncovered by both the National Fraud Initiative and tip offs from the public added up to just under £60,000 of benefits being paid out to people who were believed to be not entitled to them.

A further 40 cases amounted to fraudulently claimed benefits of £62,874, bringing the total to around £123,000.