Universal Credit boss falsely claimed £18,000 of Universal Credit

The Tory-run benefit (ha ha!) system is already stacked against honest claimants – and now we see that at least one DWP boss has been cheating the system for personal gain.

What chance do honest claimants have when the officials running the benefit cannot be trusted?

And you can bet that the Tory government will do exactly what Tory governments always do when faced with proof of corruption. They’ll talk a lot about changing the system so it doesn’t happen again…

And then they’ll do nothing.

A woman whose job it was to decide on who was eligible for Universal Credit falsely claimed £18,000 of Universal Credit.

Rebecca Hanway abused her position as a case manager to defraud huge sums of money from her employers, the Department of Work and Pensions.

A court heard that the 30-year-old, from Wigan, misrepresented her own circumstances on two Universal Credit (UC) applications and hijacked five other identities submitting a further five fraudulent UC claims in their names.

When she created these claims, Hanway the gave her own bank account details so she would receive the Universal Credit Advance Payments.

She also diverted advance payments from three other UC claims into her own bank account.

Over a period of seven months, from September 2018 until April 2019, Hanway fraudulently claimed £18, 260.95 of public money that should have gone to other claimants.

Source: Universal Credit boss caught falsely claiming £18,000 of Universal Credit – Liverpool Echo

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4 thoughts on “Universal Credit boss falsely claimed £18,000 of Universal Credit

  1. SteveH

    Not exactly a criminal mastermind and definitely not the brightest button in the box.

    However this inevitably raises questions about the quality and integrity of the staff employed by the DWP to make life changing decisions about vulnerable people’s entitlement to benefits.

  2. Robbo

    With over 83,000 staff in the DWP (January 2019) there must be a chance of the odd bad apple but at 0.001% this hardly casts doubt on the honesty of the vast majority of employees. Of course it is a crime and excellent that she has been caught.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Golly – almost as many “bad apples” in the DWP as there were (alleged) anti-Semites in the Labour Party, and look what a fuss was made about that!

  3. SuziB

    Has anyone else noticed the absolute glut of “benefits cheat” stories in the paper since the cunexttuesday won? Before the election, papers regularly printed stories about how bad things were for people on benefits, and now it seems as tho the consensus by all editors is to revert to type. I may just be imagining things in my depressed state, but I honestly don’t think so!

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