CPS: Benefit cheats now prosecuted under Fraud Act

Benefit fraud suspects can now be charged under the Fraud Act, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

In the past, benefit cheats have often been pursued under specific social security legislation which carries a maximum term of seven years.

A financial threshold which prevented benefit fraud cases of less than £20,000 from being sent to crown court will also be abolished, the CPS said.

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'10 years jail' for benefit cheats

Benefit cheats will face increased jail terms of up to 10 years in a crackdown on those who "flout the system", Britain's most senior prosecutor Keir Starmer has said.