glaeken wrote:There are (and actually for far more than that - some fraudsters have gotten away with over a million somehow, though fuck knows how).
The question that I think needs to be asked is whether the court and admin cost of around £65,000 plus the additional cost of around £40-£50k per year of trialling and then imprisoning someone can really be justified except in the most egregious cases of fraud (which are a very, very tiny minority of the already tiny estimated 1% of fraudulent or undeserving claimants), particularly when prisons are already severely overcrowded and far more serious crimes get away with little more than community service and suspended sentences, or early release after just a fraction of the original sentences. Not to mention that billions are lost each year in tax avoidance, which would bring in far more revenue to the government if they ever bothered to seriously tackle it.
Edited by darkmorgado at 20:47:11 16-09-2013
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