Stop stealing our money you scum!

Anna Turner at The Press delves into the murky depths of benefit fraud and finds an increasing number of NZ bennie ratbags are taking the piss

Nationwide, a total of 979 people were prosecuted for benefit fraud in the 2012-13 year.

The total value of the overpayments to people prosecuted was more than $32m, while the total value of new fraud debt established solely in the 2012-13 year was $26m.

Holsted said the ministry “did not tolerate benefit fraud”.

“The ministry works hard to protect the integrity of the system to ensure it remains fair for all New Zealanders,” she said.

“It is vital that the public has trust and confidence in the ministry to ensure people receive their correct entitlement and do not take advantage of the welfare system,” Holsted said.

The ministry has a team of 90 specialist fraud investigators throughout the country, as well as a special intelligence unit which identified emerging fraud and trends.


As an aside, I can assure you the level of attention that befalls these reprobates far exceeds anything that the GCSB might inflict on two or three NZers per year.  

[The Ministry] also used 11 data-matching programmes – in conjunction with seven government agencies, including Housing New Zealand, Inland Revenue and ACC – to identify potential fraud.

“We actively seek to prevent, detect and reduce incidences of benefit fraud and our systems are constantly improving to allow us to do this,” Holsted said.

Associate Minister for Social Development Chester Borrows said fraud represented only 0.15 per cent of the $18 billion worth of income assistance administered to more than one million New Zealanders annually.

This is exactly the reason and the way Government should be protecting the rest of the 99.85% of those that receive government assistance, and by extension, the few of us providing the money for the kitty in the first place.

I’m not sure that the punishments are up to scratch mind you.  Check this out.

Ministry of Social Development (MSD) spokeswoman Iona Holsted said the largest prosecution in Canterbury was for a beneficiary who was overpaid more than $100,000.

Why the soft language here?  “Overpaid”?  Defrauded the taxpayer!  Stole!!

“The individual convicted received an invalid’s benefit for 12 years without declaring additional income,” she said.

“As a result, the individual involved was sentenced to 12 months’ home detention and 100 hours of community work

The home detention portion will be barely any hardship to a bludgeing bennie, so the true hourly rate of community service is about $1,000 per hour.

Hardly a deterrent.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.