Benefit fraudsters will be named and shamed, says Teare

Tynwald buildings, Douglas

Tynwald buildings, Douglas

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Treasury Minister Eddie Teare has pledged to ‘name and shame’ those convicted of benefit fraud.

His comments came after one woman was jailed for 10 months for dishonestly obtaining £63,390 in income support, as reported in our sister newspaper the Isle of Man Courier.

Emma Louise Margaret Quirk, 37, of Anagh Coar Close, Douglas, neglected to mention her partner was in full-time employment throughout the majority of her claim from 2007 to 2013.

A press release from the Department of Social Care gave some details of the case but did not name Ms Quirk.

But the Treasury Minister said he would have no hesitation in naming and shaming.

He said: ‘When social security goes into Treasury on April 1, we will be reviewing benefit claims. I’m happy to support those in genuine need but anybody who submits fraudulent claims we will be pursuing the maximum sentence available and we will be publishing the full details of the case and we will name the individuals concerned in the interests of openness and transparency.’

A zero tolerance crackdown on benefit cheats has resulted in 15 successful prosecutions in the past 12 months.

Anyone concerned about a possible fraudulent claim can contact the Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0808 1624043 or by clicking on the benefit fraud link on the department’s website.

Investigations into benefit fraud have resulted in identification of £251,830.56 in overpayments and £335,539.36 in benefit savings in the last 12 months.

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