Posted on 10 September, 2020A report by Leicestershire Live reveals that a benefit cheat scammed £30,000 from the tax payer by claiming to be the carer of her disabled partner, who had passed away years previously. Find out how this could have been avoided.
Ms. Stojkova from Leicester started claiming benefits in 2009, which included an adult’s carer allowance for looking after her disabled partner. However, the man Ms. Stojkova claimed she was a carer for died in 2006.
Her most recent partner assumed the dead man's identity and had a passport in the deceased person's name, having switched the original photograph with his own. He too claimed benefits in the deceased person’s name.
The judge presiding over the case was ‘confounded’ that all it took to commit deceased identity fraud was a forged passport. Sentencing has been adjourned for three weeks following further investigations.
Whilst this case is not as simple as it seems on the surface of it due to additional criminal activity that crossed international borders, what this shows is just how easy it can be to successfully commit deceased identity fraud in order to con money by assuming the identity of someone that has passed away. It is critical for organisations – both private and public sector – to protect themselves against deceased fraud by screening data against fraud protection products such as Halo which helps identify activity being carried out by people that are known to have passed away. Deceased identity fraud is now the fastest growing form of identity fraud because it goes undetected for much longer than traditional ‘live-person’ identity take-over because the living tend to notice anomalies with their credit rating or experience unexpected visits from the bailiffs.
As we enter into another recession fraud prevention is even more importance since identity fraud is proven to significantly increase during times of economic difficulty.
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