“If you know or suspect someone is committing fraud you should report them straight away” urges Finance Portfolio Holder Councillor Gagan Mohindra.
“Fraud affects everyone. Money stolen by housing tenancy fraud, council tax fraud or business rates fraud is depriving our public services of the vital resources they need.”
Report someone you think is committing fraud
Don’t let them get away with it. You can report it anonymously. You don’t have to give your name or contact details unless you want to.
Fraudsters are cheating us all
Housing tenancy fraud – someone who has committed a social housing fraud by
- illegally sub-letting
- not living in the property and leaving it empty
- making a fraudulent Right to Buy application
- taking (or making) a payment for a mutual exchange
- living in a property after the tenant has died, where they had no right to succeed
- giving false or misleading information to get the tenancy
Council Tax fraud – someone who gets a Council Tax discount by falsely
- stating the property is empty
- claiming they live alone
- claiming they are a student
- claiming Council Tax Support falsely by doing undeclared work or having capital/property in excess of the limit
Business rates fraud – a person or business liable for Business Rates who falsely
- claims an exemption or relief they are not entitled to
Not a victimless crime
Cllr Mohindra said: “Fraud is not a victimless crime. Don’t think that reporting benefit fraud is wrong or underhand. If a fraudster commits fraud in the Epping Forest district we will use the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to seize and confiscate their assets.”
We need your help
“We constantly look for fraud but no matter how hard we try, we cannot do it alone – we need your help” said Councillor Mohindra.
“Please tell us if you suspect someone is committing fraud by filling in our online form or by calling our fraud investigation team on 01992 564444.”