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Benefit fraudsters in city pocket nearly PS500,000; dwp says it will work tirelessly to bring criminals to justice.

Byline: ELIS SANDFORD News Reporter elis.sandford@trinitymirror.com

THE number of benefit fraudsters in Coventry dropped last year - but they still managed to pocket almost PS500,000.

Last prosecuted fraudsters around The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) have released figures showing just how many people in the CV postcode area have attempted to cheat the system over the course of the last three years.

DWP And though the total in 2017 was less than both 2015 and 2016, a staggering 46 individuals were prosecuted in the last year alone.

In total, those 46 were overpaid a total of PS498,000. However, the DWP say that this does not refer to the amount actually recovered - only the amount overpaid.

The two years prior to this, fraudsters in the CV postcode area made off with more than PS1million each year, with PS1,250,000 fraudulently paid out to 67 individuals in 2016.

All figures were obtained through a Freedom of Information request made by the Telegraph.

Talking about the ways in which the DWP combat fraud, a DWP spokesman said: "We have brought in reforms to improve detection, prevention and recovery and our fraud investigators work tirelessly to bring criminals to justice.

we 5,000 issued 6,000 "Last year we prosecuted around 5,000 fraudsters and issued around 6,000 administrative penalties and recovered a record PS1.1bn in overpaid benefits."

However, the DWP were unable to compare these figures with national trends, due to time constraints in gathering that data.

Talking combat have trends, that data. Last year we prosecuted 5,000 fraudsters and issued around 6,000 administrative penalties. DWP Spokesman was less than

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