What are the real consequences of benefits fraud?
Getting caught committing benefits fraud means you just have to pay the money back, right? In reality, the consequences could be far more serious.
YOU COULD LOSE YOUR BENEFITS
Your insurance provider could increase your premiums or your employer could reduce coverage. In addition to having to pay the money back, you could lose your benefits completely.
YOU COULD LOSE YOUR JOB
Stealing from your employer is a serious offence, and many employers have a zero-tolerance policy for benefits fraud. Being fired for benefits fraud could make it hard to get another job.
YOU COULD GO TO JAIL
A fraud conviction results in a permanent criminal record. Even if you avoid jail, having a criminal record could make it very difficult for you to get a job or travel... potentially for the rest of your life.
Frequently Asked Questions
Benefits fraud affects us all. You might think that by committing benefits fraud you are stealing from your insurance provider, but in fact, you are stealing from your employer and your coworkers.
Yes. If you are convicted of benefits fraud, you will have a criminal record.
Yes. Fraud is a serious crime and depending on the severity of the case, you could go to jail for it.