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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Dear Sir/Madam

Could you please provide me with the following information.

How many decision makers have been taken to small claims court under the Fraud Act 2006 for misrepresenting a client's information on a claim form?

Fraud Act 2006
2 Fraud by false representation
(1)(ii)A person is in breach of this section if he causes loss to another or to expose another to a risk of loss.
(2)(a) A representation is false if it is untrue or misleading, or (b) the person making it knows that it is, or might be, untrue or misleading.
12 Liability of company officers for offences by company
(2)(a) If the offence is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of a director, manager, secretary or other similar officer he is guilty of the offence and liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

The aforementioned employee/s can also be held financially accountable for any other loss of benefit that accompanies the original benefit ie. Severe Disability or Council Tax Rebate.
This is an English Law, however, it extends to Scotland on the ground that even though DWP employees are based in Scotland, their headquarters are in England.
So I would like you to include figures for both.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,

Jason Goodacre

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