HUNDREDS of thousands of benefits cheats are stealing identities of the dead to swindle the taxpayer out of millions of pounds.
Figures show 225,000 fraudsters stole or forged discount travel cards in England over two years.
1Thousands of benefits cheats are stealing identities of the dead to swindle the taxpayer out of millions of poundsCredit: GettyAnother 42,000 used dodgy blue badges so they could park where they liked for free.
But Government insiders said the overwhelming majority of these fraudsters were using, stealing or forging the identities of dead people.
The scams cost taxpayers £30million from April 2020 until April 2022.
They were uncovered by the National Fraud Initiative’s state-of-the-art software. In the past year, it has uncovered and stopped £400million of fraud.
Cabinet Office minister Jeremy Quin said: “British people work hard for every penny and they rightly expect the government to put everything they have got into protecting taxpayers’ money.
“Money stolen from the government through fraud is theft from every taxpayer.”
The figures come amid growing alarm at the sky-high welfare bill, with nine million people not in work — despite 1.3million job vacancies.
Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride is launching a review into how to get more adults back to work.
He is looking at changing rules which mean many on Universal Credit are better off working part-time.
Labour Work and Pensions Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said this week only “one or two people abuse the system” by fiddling benefit rules.
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